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Robert David MacDonald, 1929 - 2004
© Adrian Wiszniewski

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Robert David MacDonald, 1929 - 2004 1995

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Robert David Macdonald was born in Elgin and educated in England and Germany. He joined the Glasgow's Citizens' Theatre in 1972 where he directed many productions as well as acting and providing new translations. This oil sketch was made for the large group portrait of the three artistic Directors of the Citizens' Theatre, which was commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Oil sketch

A rough drawing in oil paint, possibly the preliminary version of a painting. In the in the 18th and 19th centuries it is particularly associated with landscape sketches which were executed quickly outdoors and not intended for public display.

Commission, Oil sketch


  • Acc. No. PG 3016
  • Medium Acrylic on canvas
  • Size 55.50 x 40.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by the artist, Adrian Wiszniewski 1996