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George Stewart (d.1809) and his Sister Maria Stewart (d.1846) as Children

Sir Henry Raeburn, RA (Stockbridge 1756 – Edinburgh 1823)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1800 - 1805

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)

Place of origin

Scotland

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Collection

Polesden Lacey, Surrey (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Polesden Lacey, Surrey, London and South East, National Trust

NT 1246449

Caption

Children of Dugald Stewart of Catrine (1753–1828), Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University, and Helen Carnstoun (d.1838). The tender moral sensibility of these philosopher’s children is conveyed by the way George restrains a hound as it lunges for the rabbit sheltering in Maria’s arms.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, George (d.1809) and Maria Stewart (d.1846) by Sir Henry Raeburn, RA (Stockbridge 1756 – Edinburgh 1823), circa 1800-1805. Two three-quarter length portraits, standing, in a landscape. George wears a grey smock coat over a yellow waistcoat and white shirt with frilled collar, and pale tan trousers; he has short, brown hair and brown eyes, and looks out of the picture to the right; both his hands rest around the neck of a black-and-white dog, which is standing on its hind legs to the left. Maria wears a white dress and cradles a rabbit in her arms; she has brown hair, taken up, and looks out of the picture to the left. Trees in the background to the right and cloudy blue sky to the left.

Provenance

S.H. Romilly (1849 - 1940) sale, Christie's, 3 May 1902, lot 105, bought by Colnaghi, from whom acquired by Mrs Greville for £5,500 in 1919; The bequest of Margaret (Anderson) McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald - later Dame Margaret - Henry Fulke Greville, DBE (1863-1942) from probate records linked with the donation of the property to the National Trust in 1943. This item found on the record for Polesden Lacey pictures, drawings etc., the Gun Room Lavatory, page 132.

Credit line

Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Sir Henry Raeburn, RA (Stockbridge 1756 – Edinburgh 1823), artist

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