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The Skating Minister
  • Publisher National Galleries of Scotland / National Museums of Scotland
  • Size 17 x 19.5 cm

The Skating Minister: The Story Behind the Painting

Duncan Thomson and Lynne Gladstone-Millar

Henry Raeburn’s painting of his friend the Reverend Robert Walker skating on a hard winter’s day more than two centuries ago is one of a select number of paintings, like Leonardo’s Mona Lisa or Munch’s The Scream, which is immediately recognisable. But who was ‘the skating minister’ and why did Scotland’s premier portrait painter portray him in such an extraordinary way? This book explores the relationship between artist and sitter, the time they lived in, the many famous people they knew, and the reasons why this intimate portrait has acquired such iconic status.

Dr Duncan Thomson, former Keeper of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, is an acknowledged expert on Henry Raeburn. He has published widely including books on George Jamesone, John Michael Wright, Henry Raeburn and Avigdor Arikha.

Lynne Gladstone-Millar was previously a feature writer for The Scotsman before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. Her other books include John Napier: Logarithm John published by the National Museums of Scotland.

64printed pages | Hardback | 40 illustrations


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