609
609

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.
PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM MURRAY, ESQ., THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, SEATED WEARING A WHITE STOCK AND A DARK COAT
Estimate
25,00035,000
JUMP TO LOT
609

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.
PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM MURRAY, ESQ., THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, SEATED WEARING A WHITE STOCK AND A DARK COAT
Estimate
25,00035,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.
EDINBURGH 1756 - 1823
PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM MURRAY, ESQ., THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, SEATED WEARING A WHITE STOCK AND A DARK COAT

Provenance

By descent from the sitter to Andrew Hamilton, Esq.;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 10 November 1982, lot 40;
With Colnaghi, New York. 

Literature

Possibly W. Raeburn Andrew, Life of Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., London 1894, p. 143, no. 230;
Possibly W. Armstrong, Sir Henry Raeburn, London 1901, p. 109.

Catalogue Note

The sitter was the son of William Murray (d. 1814) and his second wife, Elizabeth Gibson.  He lived at Polmaise Castle, Stirling, in Scotland and married three times: first in 1772, to Margaret Callender, with whom he produced a son and heir, also called William; second in 1791 to Anne Campbell; and third in 1805 to Grace Speirs. Dr. Duncan Thomson, who has examined the painting by photograph, dates the painting to quite late in Raeburn's career, stylistically circa 1818 though given Murray's dates, probably as early as 1813/14.  Dr. Thomson, to whom we are grateful, notes Raeburn's characteristic handling of the paint in his both vigorous and subtle brushwork, as well as the artist's impressive attention to not just the sitter's appearance but also his perceived character. 

Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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New York