About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Thomas Duncan, 1807 - 1845. Artist
  • date created:
    About 1839
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    71.10 x 53.30 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mrs Thomson 1890
  • accession number:
    PG 292
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Scott Lauder

Robert Scott Lauder