'Exiles from Erin'
Fanny McIan (1814 – 1897)
Oil painting on canvas, 'Exiles from Erin' (Ireland) by Fanny McIan (1814 – 1897), 1838. A family standing on a rock, a palm tree visible behind. On a box at their feet is inscribed; 'Fanny McIan/1838'. The father stands beside his seated wife who holds a baby. Two other children sir beside them, all very melancholy. Label on the back inscribed, 'Exiles from Erin/by Mrs McJan/7 Grafton St./Fitzroy Sq.' The artist was the wife of the artist Robert Ranald McIan (1803-1856). She taught and painted at the Government School of Design and was the first woman artist in Scotland to become an Honorary RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) in 1854.
Acquired with Calke Abbey's contents, with the aid of a grant provided by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, thanks to a special allocation of money from the Government and transferred in lieu of tax on the estate of Charles Jenney Harpur-Crewe (1917 - 1981) to the National Trust with the house that was given by Henry Jenney Harpur-Crewe (1921- 1991), in 1984
Calke Abbey, The Harpur Crewe Collection (acquired with the help of the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund)
Marks and inscriptions
Exiles from Erin/by Mrs McJan/7 Grafton St./Fitzroy Sq. (inscribed on back)
Makers and roles
Fanny McIan (1814 – 1897), artist