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

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Robert Scott Lauder

Robert Scott Lauder