Sir Henry Raeburn, RA (British, 1756-1823)
A portrait of Mrs. Robert William Duff of Fetteresso and Culter
oil on canvas
30 x 25in (76.2 x 63.5cm)
- Please note:
DATE: circa 1799, on stylistic grounds.
ADDITIONAL PROVENANCE: when sold in 1934 the buyer was Frank Partridge and Sons, London
ADDITIONAL EXHIBITION HISTORY: the portrait was exhibited as no 58
at Birmingham in 1903
LITERATURE: James Greig, "Raeburn", 1911, p. 43;
David Mackie, "Complete Catalogue of Raeburn, Life and Art" unpublished PhD
Thesis, Edinburgh University and Yale, 1994, Mackie no. 231, pp.341-2, and
for the companion portrait Mackie no 230, pp. 340-41
BIOGRAPHY: The sitter was Mary Morrison, Mrs Robert William Duff of
Fetteresso and Culter (died 1833), daughter of George Morrison of Haddo.
She married her step-brother Lieutenant-Colonel Robert William Duff of
Fetteresso and Culter (1767-1834) who also sat to Raeburn. The details of
his portrait are given below.
Her husband Lt.-Col. Robert William Duff (1767-1834), of the Forfarshire
Militia, was the son of Robert Duff of Logie, who was vice-Admiral of the
Red and who had purchased Fetteresso in 1782, and his wife Lady Helen Duff,
daughter of the 1st Earl of Fife. The companion portrait (Sotheby's NY, 14
Jan 1988 (176)), now in a US private collection, has been examined
by David Mackie.
We are grateful to Dr. Mackie for providing this additional information.