Sir John Watson Gordon

A Kneeling Woman. Possibly a Study for, or a Copy after, a Lamentation

About this artwork

  • title:
    A Kneeling Woman. Possibly a Study for, or a Copy after, a Lamentation
  • accession number:
    D 3675
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  • materials:
    Black chalk on paper
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • measurements:
    21.60 x 19.70 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1921

Sir John Watson Gordon

Sir John Watson Gordon

John Watson Gordon was training to become an army engineer when, encouraged by his uncle, the painter, George Watson, and Raeburn, who was a family friend, he decided to become an artist. His first works were subject pictures but, after Raeburn's death in 1823, he established himself as the leading portrait painter in Scotland. His style was at first closely based on Raeburn but was later more influenced by his admiration for Velázquez. In 1850 he was elected President of the Royal Scottish Academy, appointed Queen's Limner for Scotland and knighted.