About this artwork

The sitter in this pastel portrait is Catharine Hume of Ninewells (1760 – 1820), later Mrs Johnston of Hutton Hall. She was niece of the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, David Hume (1711 -1776), with whom she bares a strong family resemblance. There is a portrait of her father, John Hume in the collection. The picture has been dated 1796-1800, which would make Catharine 36-40 years old. Her dress and feathered straw hat (almost certainly Italian) mix British and Italian high fashion.

Published February 2022

  • artist:
  • title:
    Mrs. Johnston of Hutton Hall, Berwickshire
  • date created:
    About 1796 - 1800
  • materials:
    Pastel on paper
  • measurements:
    62.70 x 50.90 cm (framed: 74.00 x 61.50 x 4.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Miss E.K.H. Scott Bequest 1939
  • accession number:
    D NG 1914
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Archibald Skirving

Archibald Skirving