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Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.

Portrait of Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton (1756–1799) | 《漢密爾頓公爵八世道格拉斯・漢密爾頓(1756–1799年)的肖像》

Property from the Hamilton Palace Collection, former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and Brandon

Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.

Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.

Portrait of Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton (1756–1799) | 《漢密爾頓公爵八世道格拉斯・漢密爾頓(1756–1799年)的肖像》

Portrait of Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton (1756–1799) | 《漢密爾頓公爵八世道格拉斯・漢密爾頓(1756–1799年)的肖像》

Property from the Hamilton Palace Collection, former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and Brandon

Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.

Edinburgh 1756 - 1823

Portrait of Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton (1756–1799)



oil on canvas

76.2 x 63.5 cm.; 30 x 25 in.


漢密爾頓宮珍藏(漢密爾頓及布蘭登公爵故居)

亨利・雷伯恩爵士

愛丁堡,1756 - 1823 年

《漢密爾頓公爵八世道格拉斯・漢密爾頓(1756–1799年)的肖像》


油彩畫布

76.2 x 63.5 公分;30 x 25 英寸

The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:


Sir Henry Raeburn

Portrait of Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Oil on canvas, in a period gilt wood frame with some losses


The original canvas is lined and there is good adhesion between the original support and the lining fabric and a well maintained tension.


The paint layer is stable and secure.


A small 5 cm x 1.5 cm repaired damage to the background upper left can be detected.


The painting is in very good original, preserved condition.


There is a degraded and discoloured varnish over the surface and a much older varnish in the darker shadows to the lower right quadrant and along the bottom.


Removal of this discoloured layer would not only improve the overall tonality and reveal subtle nuances, but would also show that the chromatic integrity of the composition is intact.


Fine filigree of pale shrinkage cracking can be seen in the shadow of the face and, to some extent, in the darker shadow lower right.


Original bravura brushwork is apparent throughout, but particularly noticeable in the sitter's white stock with further energetic brushstrokes visible through the collar, the buttons and the shadows of the jacket.


The painting presents well.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Commissioned by the sitter for Hamilton Palace, Lanarkshire;

Probably removed from Hamilton Palace by the 8th Duke's mistress, Harriet Pye Esten (c. 1760–1865), and part of the settlement bequeathed to their natural daughter, Anne Douglas-Hamilton (c. 1796–1844), who married Henry Westenra, 3rd Baron Rossmore (1792–1860); 

Returned to Hamilton Palace by 1852, when it is listed in an inventory hanging in the Old Dining Room, on the ground floor of the Palace, in the collection of William Douglas Hamilton, 12th Duke of Hamilton (1845–1895);

Offered for sale by the trustees of his estate ('The Property of the Trustees of His Grace the late Duke of Hamilton'), London, Christie's, 6 November 1919, lot 47, unsold;

Alfred Douglas Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton (1886–1940);

Thence by descent. 

1852/1853 Hamilton Palace Inventory, Hamilton Archive, Lennoxlove, Volume 1228, p. 156 (as '½ length Portrait of Douglas Duke of Hamilton' - hanging in the Old Dining Room);

1876 Hamilton Palace Inventory, Hamilton Town House Library, Hamilton Ms., p. 246 (as 'Douglas 8th Duke of Hamilton [by] Sir H. Raeburn' – hanging in the Old Dining Room);

W. Armstrong, Sir Henry Raeburn, London and New York 1901, p, 104;

E. Pinnington, Sir Henry Raeburn: The makers of British Art series, London and New York 1904, p. 233;

J. Greig, Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., London 1911, p. 47;

T. Cox, Inventory and Valuation of Pictures, Decorative Objects, Furniture and Effects at Hamilton Palace, Holyrood and Dungavel made by Mr. Tom Cox, 1915, Hamilton Town House Library, Hamilton Ms., p. 65 (as 'Sir H. Raeburn  Portrait of Douglas, 8th Duke of Hamilton, with powdered hair, in scarlet coat and white cravat, his arms folded' – still hanging in the Old Dining Room); 

Arts Council, Raeburn, exh. cat., National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh 1956, pp. 19–20, cat. no. 13;

D. Mackie, Sir Henry Raeburn, Catalogue Raisonné, 6 vols, unpublished ms., vol. III, pp. 470–71, no. 360. 

Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Portraits Exhibition, 1884, no. 226 (lent by the Duke of Hamilton);

Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland, Raeburn, Bi-Centenary Exhibition, 16 July – 16 September 1956, no. 13.