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Follower of Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.

Portrait of Lieutenant-General Alexander Mackenzie Fraser of Inverallochy, M.P. (c.1758-1809), three-quarter-length, in uniform, his left-hand resting on the hilt of a sword

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Follower of Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.
Portrait of Lieutenant-General Alexander Mackenzie Fraser of Inverallochy, M.P. (c.1758-1809), three-quarter-length, in uniform, his left-hand resting on the hilt of a sword
oil on canvas
49 x 38¾ in. (124.5 x 98.4 cm.)
Literature
W.R. Andrew, Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., London, 1894, p. 122.
Sir Walter Armstrong, Sir Henry Raeburn, p. 102.
Pinnington, p. 230.
J. Greig, Sir Henry Raeburn R.A., London, 1911, p. 46.
Exhibited
Edinburgh, Royal Academy, Sir Henry Raeburn. R.A., 1876, no. 290.
Possibly London, Grafton Gallery, Scottish Old Masters, 1895.
Brighton, Brighton Art Gallery, ... on loan.
London Grosvenor Gallery.
Aberdeen, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Artist and Patron in the North East 1700-1860, 1975, no. 26.
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Lot Essay

The sitter was the second surviving son of Colin Mackenzie of Kilcoy and his wife Martha, daughter and co-heir of Charles Fraser of Castle Fraser and Inverallochy. He was educated privately and at the University of Aberdeen and joined the army in 1778 rising to the rank of Captain by 1781. However he was placed on half pay in 1783 and finally gave up his commission in 1784. In 1786 he married Helen, the sister of Francis Humberston Mackenzie, Lord Seaforth, who appointed him Major in the 78th Highlanders. He was Member of Parliament for Cromartyshire (1802-6), when he was returned for Rosshire. In 1806 he commanded an ill-fated expedition to Alexandria, which hoped to secure British Supremacy in Egypt. At the time of his death he was described as one of the most popular, if not one of the most able generals in the British Army.

The present picture relates to three recorded versions of this portrait, one of which was sold by Colin J. Mackenzie of Portmore; Christie's, London, 22 March 1918, lot 139, and is now in a private British collection. There is also another version at Essen.

We are grateful to Professor David Mackie for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.
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