12 July 2017
[SCOTT, Sir Walter (1771-1832)]
An early 19th-century malacca varnished walking-stick, with engraved ferrule and metal eyehole. Length: 100cm.
Provenance: Sir Walter Scott, given to – Sir William Allan RA (1782 – 1850), according to the engraved ferrule inscribed ‘Given by Sir Walter Scott Bart. to William Allan at Abbotsford 19th Septr. 1831’.
Sir Walter Scott’s walking-stick, given to the Scottish painter, Sir William Allan RA. The stick is recognisable from well-known portraits of Scott, including one painted by Allan himself (Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery), and the portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence, commissioned by George IV (Royal Collection). William Allan painted a series of portraits of Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford, the house built by the author on the banks of the River Tweed: the present stick was given to Allan by Scott there just one year before the latter’s death.
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