About this artwork

After studying at the Royal Academy Schools in London, Geddes returned temporarily to his native Edinburgh where he built up a portrait practice in York Place in close proximity to the studios of Henry Raeburn and Alexander Nasmyth. Working both in cabinet and full-scale format, Geddes acquired a reputation for his distinctive ‘small whole-lengths’. When Geddes made a definitive move to London, he painted Andrew Plimer, a successful and prolific miniaturist. His guiding inspiration for this portrait was Rembrandt and, quite specifically, Rembrandt’s dramatically side-lit etched Self-Portrait at the Window Drawing on an Etching Plate, executed in 1648. Andrew Plimer also sat for a second half-length but life-size portrait in oils.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Andrew GeddesScottish (1783 - 1844)
  • title:
    Andrew Plimer (1763 - 1837)
  • date created:
    Dated 1815
  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    47.50 x 39.40 cm; Framed: 76.50 x 69.00 x 9.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1900
  • accession number:
    NG 847
  • gallery:
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Andrew Geddes

Andrew Geddes