Thomas Duncan, 1807 - 1845. Artist

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Thomas Duncan, 1807 - 1845. Artist about 1839
  • Scottish Art
After David Wilkie's death in 1841, Duncan was seen as the leading historical painter in Scotland. However, he lived too briefly to realise his potential, dying at the peak of a brilliant career. His paintings, often of late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century episodes from Scottish history, were dramatic yet unsentimental. This portrait by Duncan's friend, Robert Scott Lauder, is full of character. The posture of the sitter suggests a forthright and passionate personality.

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History painting

Paintings in which the subject is taken from biblical, classical or other mythological histories.

History painting


  • Acc. No. PG 292
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 71.10 x 53.30 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs Thomson 1890