Circle of Sir Henry Raeburn RA (British, 1756-1823) Portrait of John Campbell of Saddell 127 x 99 cm. (50 x 39 in.)

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Lot 138
Circle of Sir Henry Raeburn RA
(British, 1756-1823)
Portrait of John Campbell of Saddell 127 x 99 cm. (50 x 39 in.)

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The Sporting Sale

24 Oct 2018, 11:00 BST

Edinburgh

Circle of Sir Henry Raeburn RA (British, 1756-1823)
Portrait of John Campbell of Saddell
oil on canvas
127 x 99 cm. (50 x 39 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    (Apparently) sale; Foster's, 1902. The property of Rear Admiral C. Campbell
    Private collection, U.S.
    John Imlay, Westerdunes, North Berwick

    LITERATURE
    J Greig, Sir Henry Raeburn R.A., London, 1911, p.40
    The Art of Golf, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, p.42 (plate 12)

    The painting is clearly redolent of Raeburn's work of the mid 1790s, making the sitter John Campbell (Sr) of Saddell. His son John, also depicted by Raeburn as a child holding his late father's feathered bonnet (Philadelphia Museum), was a noted golfer who appears in Charles Lees' iconic Grand Match (Scottish National Portrait Gallery). Thus, the Campbell family were important figures in the history of golf in Scotland during the key period of development. John junior was one of the founder members of North Berwick Golf Club in 1832.

    The sitter is depicted wearing Campbell tartan frock coat and military-style bonnet, holding a golf club and kid gloves. Behind him is the prospect from the Saddell estate on the Kintyre peninsula (south of Carradale), looking eastward towards the isle of Arran, Goatfell and Blackwaterfoot. His son's portrait was painted at the same location.

    Sir Henry Raeburn was a keen golfer, and was admitted to the Honourable Society of Golfers in January 1792 where it is likely he became acquainted with John Campbell.
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Circle of Sir Henry Raeburn RA (British, 1756-1823) Portrait of John Campbell of Saddell 127 x 99 cm. (50 x 39 in.)
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