About this artwork

This full-length portrait probably depicts Andrew Macpherson of Cluny, who succeeded his grandfather as 15th Chief around 1660. Andrew’s father Ewan, who fought with Montrose in the Civil War, had died two years previously. Andrew himself died unmarried and was succeeded by his brother Duncan. There are four versions of this portrait, which indicates that despite his short life Andrew Macpherson was considered to be an important member of the family. Experts have argued over the identity of the artist and the date of the painting. It is now thought unlikely that the portrait was painted during the lifetime of Andrew Macpherson. Instead it is believed to be a posthumous portrait, dating from the 1720s. The painting holds most interest as an early depiction of Highland dress.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Andrew Macpherson of Cluny, 1640 - 1666. 15th Chief
  • date created:
    About 1725
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    76.20 x 64.10 cm (framed: 83.80 x 71.20 x 5.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Given by J.A. Pearson 1950
  • accession number:
    PG 1546
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Richard Waitt

Richard Waitt