Major William Clunes, died 18291809
"It's almost impossible to choose a favourite from the National Gallery of Scotland's brilliant collection, but there are several paintings I return to again and again. One of these is Raeburn's breathtaking portrait of Major William Clunes. The composition reminds me of Caravaggio's Conversion of St Paul from Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. I imagine Raeburn might have seen it. Few artists have the skill or chutzpah to design a portrait in which the rippling hind-quarters of a horse take up a large proportion of the canvas. It's a dazzling picture."
Alison Watt, artist
- Glossary (1 term)
The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.
- Credits Bequest of Lady Siemens to the RSA 1902; transferred and presented 1910
- Medium Oil on canvas
- Size 236.00 x 150.00 cm