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The Weight
© Jack Vettriano 2011

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The Weight 2009
  • Scottish Art
This self-portrait shows one of Britain’s favourite artists. Born Jack Hoggan in 1951 and brought up in Methil, Fife, Vettriano is self-taught. He first came to attention exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1988, after which his career took off. This painting was inspired by a photograph taken by Fredi Marcarini at the artist’s home in London. Vettriano has depicted himself sitting on the edge of his bed. Dressed smartly, he looks contemplative and deep in thought which encourages the viewer to question what is going on beyond the edges of the canvas.

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Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

Royal Scottish Academy


  • Acc. No. PGL 2385
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 61.00 x 51.00 cm (framed: 83.00 x 74.00 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in (Private collection)