Richard Waitt, d. 1732. Portrait painter (Self-portrait)
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Richard Waitt, d. 1732. Portrait painter (Self-portrait) 1728
  • Scottish Art
This self-portrait shows the artist sitting at his easel pointing to a painting that he has just completed. The inspiration for this composition came from a self-portrait by George Jamesone that was almost certainly at Castle Grant when Waitt was associated with Clan Grant. Jamesone’s portrait features the artist holding a palette whilst pointing to several of his paintings on the wall behind. In Waitt’s work, the painting of the nude on his easel (a rare example) is probably a representation of 'sight' from the traditional series of the five senses, explaining the little hand-mirror - and, of course, the unseen mirror into which Waitt himself looks. Or perhaps the woman, who gazes towards the artist rather than her mirror, symbolises the art of portraiture itself.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Easel painting

An easel is a structure that supports a painting while an artist is working on it. Any painting that is executed on an easel could be called an easel painting, though it specifically refers to a portable painting larger than a miniature.

Palette

A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

Composition, Easel painting, Palette

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 2142
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 107.00 x 127.00 cm (framed: 118.00 x 138.50 x 5.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1968