National Gallery at 150

Major William Clunes, died 1829Major William Clunes, died 1829 Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1864 - 1932)Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1864 - 1932) Diana and ActaeonDiana and Actaeon St Peter PenitentSt Peter Penitent An Old Woman Cooking EggsAn Old Woman Cooking Eggs Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778) The Sacrament of PenanceThe Sacrament of Penance The StormThe Storm Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896)Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896) The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia)The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia)

Sir Henry Raeburn

Major William Clunes, died 1829

"It's almost impossible to choose a favourite from the National Gallery of Scotland's brilliant collection, but there are several paintings I return to again and again. One of these is Raeburn's breathtaking portrait of Major William Clunes. The composition reminds me of Caravaggio's Conversion of St Paul from Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. I imagine Raeburn might have seen it. Few artists have the skill or chutzpah to design a portrait in which the rippling hind-quarters of a horse take up a large proportion of the canvas. It's a dazzling picture."

Alison Watt, artist

  • Credits Bequest of Lady Siemens to the RSA 1902; transferred and presented 1910
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 236.00 x 150.00 cm