David Allan, 1744 - 1796. Artist 1774


  • Scottish Art
Allan, son of the harbour master in Alloa, spent ten years in Italy, studying to be an artist. This portrait was painted while he was living in Rome. Corvi shows Allan copying a reduced size version of a renowned classical stature, the Borghese Gladiator. Copying the great works of the past was considered an essential activity in the education of a young artist.


  • Acc. No. PG 731
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 74.30 x 61.30 cm (framed: 92.20 x 78.00 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Royal Scottish Academy 1910