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Major William Clunes, died 1829

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Major William Clunes, died 1829 About 1809 - 1811

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Clunes is believed to have been a native of Sutherland. He joined the 50th (West Kent) Regiment of Foot in 1790, where he became lieutenant in 1794 and captain in 1797. From 1807, he served in the Peninsular War against France under Sir John Moore. In July 1809 he was promoted to major in the 54th (West Norfolk) Regiment of Foot, and it is the uniform of this post that he is shown wearing in this portrait. This portrait is believed to have been painted between his appointment as major in 1809 and the end of his active army service around 1811-12. Raeburn’s great equestrian portraits suggest that he was familiar with similar portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, which he may have known through engraved reproductions.

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The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.



  • Acc. No. NG 903
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 236.00 x 150.00 cm (framed: 266.00 x 180.00 x 13.50 cm)
  • Credit Bequest of Lady Siemens to the RSA 1902; transferred and presented 1910