Anne Emily Sophia Grant (known as 'Daisy' Grant), Mrs William Markham (1836 - 1880) Anne Emily Sophia Grant (known as 'Daisy' Grant), Mrs William Markham (1836 - 1880)

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Anne Emily Sophia Grant (known as 'Daisy' Grant), Mrs William Markham (1836 - 1880) 1857

On Display Scottish National Gallery

  • Scottish Art
Sir Francis Grant’s affectionate depiction of his daughter ‘Daisy’ was painted in February 1857, and first shown in Scotland at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1859. This portrait is in excellent condition, and shows the artist at the height of his powers. It was painted just before Daisy’s marriage to Colonel William Markham. In depicting his daughter, Grant was unconstrained by the demands of a commission. For a mid-century portrait by a painter at the heart of the artistic and social establishment, it is startlingly direct.

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

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  • Acc. No. NG 2783
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 223.50 x 132.30 cm (framed: 260.20 x 169.20 x 13.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 2005