Colonel Alastair Ranaldson Macdonell of Glengarry by Sir Henry Raeburn art print
35 x 28 cm art print reproduction of Colonel Alastair Ranaldson Macdonell of Glengarry (1771 - 1828) by Sir Henry Raeburn from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
Wearing tartan from head to toe, Macdonell of Glengarry seems, in this portrait, to be the perfect image of a highland chief. However, Macdonell's romantic attachment to the customs and costumes of Gaelic culture did not stop him evicting his tenants to clear his lands for sheep farming.
The writer Sir Walter Scott was a close friend, and he was probably thinking of Macdonell when he created the character of the doomed Jacobite clan chieftain, Fergus McIvor, in his novel Waverley.
Scottish artist Sir Henry Raeburn lived in London and spent some time in Italy but returned to Edinburgh in 1787. Raeburn depicted some of the most popular and relevant people of his day, from Sir Walter Scott to William Stuart Forbes.