About this artwork

The two boys, James on the right and Alexander on the left, were the sons of Sir Alexander Macdonald of Macdonald, a great Highland chieftain with estates on the Isle of Skye. James is shown with his gun, Alexander is playing golf. Golf was already a well-established pastime in Scotland by this time. The children wear three different patterns of tartan between them, as individual family or clan patterns did not become widely established until the end of the eighteenth century.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Unknown
  • title:
    Sir James Macdonald 1741 - 1766 and Sir Alexander Macdonald 1744/1745 - 1795
  • date created:
    About 1749
  • attributed to:
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    176.50 x 147.30 cm (framed: 193.80 x 164.60 x 9.30 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1967
  • accession number:
    PG 2127
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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