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    Sale 7555

    Scottish Art The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

    23 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823)

    Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Dr. Black, or Dr. Blake, three-quarter-length, in a black coat, a draped red curtain and landscape beyond

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    Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823)
    Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Dr. Black, or Dr. Blake, three-quarter-length, in a black coat, a draped red curtain and landscape beyond
    oil on canvas
    50¾ x 40 in. (128.8 x 101.6 cm.) (5)


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    Provenance

    Mrs. Hunter, by 1876.
    Victor G. Fischer, by whom given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1912 (no. 12.43.1); Sotheby's, New York, 26 January 2008, lot 128 (sold for $20,000).


    Literature

    (All published references give the sitter's name as "Black").
    W.R. Andrew, Life of Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., London, 1886, p. 102.
    Sir W. Armstrong, Sir Henry Raeburn, with an Introduction by R.A.M. Stevenson and a Biographical and Descriptive Catalogue by J.L. Caw, London, 1901, p. 96.
    E. Pinnington, Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., p. 219.
    J. Greig, Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., His Life and Works with a Catalogue of his Pictures, London, 1911, p. 38.
    Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 7 (1912), 76.
    Akron Art Institute Bulletin, "One-Picture Exhibition", 2 (February 1931), 5.
    K. Baetjer, European Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by artists born in or before 1865, A Summary Catalogue, New York 1980, I, p. 146, II, p. 265; 2nd edition, 1995, p. 195.
    D. Mackie, Complete Catalogue of Raeburn, Life and Art, unpublished PhD thesis Edinburgh and Yale, 6 vols., 1994, pp. 191-2, no. 56.


    Exhibited

    Edinburgh, Scotland, Raeburn Exhibition, 1876, no. 227, as Dr. Black (lent by Mrs Hunter).
    Akron, Ohio, USA, Akron Art Institute, February 1931, as Dr. Black.