About this artwork

As a young man, Patrick Grant had fought on the Jacobite side against the Hanoverian army during the 1745 Rising. When, nearly eighty years later, George IV visited Edinburgh in 1822, Grant was introduced to the King as 'His Majesty's oldest enemy'. The King offered Grant and his daughter a state pension, one of his many acts aimed at reconciling England and Scotland and strengthening the new nation of Great Britain. In this sympathetic portrait the sitter, swathed in tartan and wearing a large crucifix, looks considerably younger than his 109 years.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Colvin SmithScottish (1795 - 1875)
  • title:
    Patrick Grant [Pàdraig Grannd an Dubh-bhruaich], 1713 / 1714 - 1824
  • date created:
    1822
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    126.00 x 101.00 cm (framed: 147.50 x 122.00 x 6.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1993
  • accession number:
    PG 2924
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Colvin Smith

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