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.

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

Colvin Smith

Colvin Smith