Sir Henry Raeburn

John Stuart Hepburn Forbes, later 8th Baronet of Monymusk, and of Fettercairn and Pitsligo, 1804 - 1866

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About this artwork

This painting shows John Forbes, the younger son of Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo who was a prominent Scottish banker and patron of the arts. The boy is shown in an affectionate pose with a black and white spotted dog, possibly a Dalmatian Pointer cross, and presumably a family pet as it wears a padlocked metal collar. John would have been about eight years old when this was painted, and Raeburn has masterfully captured his childish playfulness. John grew up to become a significant figure in society. He was an advocate and was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1809, Raeburn had painted a similar portrait of John’s elder brother William (1802-1826), which is also in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. Sadly, William died in Malta in 1826, so the family estate and title passed to John.

  • title:
    John Stuart Hepburn Forbes, later 8th Baronet of Monymusk, and of Fettercairn and Pitsligo, 1804 - 1866
  • accession number:
    NG 2883
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1809 - 1813
  • measurements:
    133.90 x 108.60 cm (fd 167 x 142.8cm)
  • credit line:
    Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by HM Government from the Forbes of Pitsligo Collection, and allocated to the National Galleries of Scotland ,2018

Sir Henry Raeburn

Sir Henry Raeburn