Sir John Halkett of Pitfirrane, 4th Bart (1720 - 1793), Mary Hamilton, Lady Halkett and their Family
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Sir John Halkett of Pitfirrane, 4th Bart (1720 - 1793), Mary Hamilton, Lady Halkett and their Family Dated 1781

On Display SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
Halkett and his second wife Mary are shown with his daughter by his first wife, and his thirteen younger children, whose names are provided by Allan in a key on the back of the canvas. The Halketts are posing in the grounds of their Fifeshire seat at Pitfirrane House – now the premises of the Dunfermline Golf Club – against a background vista of the town of Dunfermline. Completed in 1871, this painting is one of the first examples of the elaborate type of group portrait or ‘conversation piece’ which Allan pioneered in Scotland after his permanent return from Italy and London in 1780.

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  • Acc. No. NG 2157
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 153.00 x 239.50 cm (framed: 165.00 x 251.50 x 7.40 cm)
  • Credit Bequest of Miss Madeline Halkett of Pitfirrane 1951