About this artwork

This is one of Raeburn's best-loved portraits, but virtually nothing is known of her personality or life. She married Robert Scott Moncrieff, an Edinburgh wine-merchant and friend of Sir Walter Scott. She died in 1824 and her husband survived her for thirty years. During this time he kept her portrait permanently in his dining-room, and never remarried. The dating of the picture is a guess, based on stylistic grounds. In the last decade of his life Raeburn changed his style, partly influenced by Rembrandt's art, and worked in a more rounded manner, presenting forms in deliberate soft focus.

  • title:
    Margaritta MacDonald, Mrs Robert Scott Moncrieff (died 1824)
  • accession number:
    NG 302
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1814
  • measurements:
    76.50 x 64.00 cm (framed: 95.90 x 83.20 x 9.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Robert Scott Moncrieff Wellwood to the RSA 1854; transferred and presented 1910

Sir Henry Raeburn

Sir Henry Raeburn