Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt
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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt
by Sir William Allan
oil on board, 1831
32 in. x 25 in. (813 mm x 635 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt (1771-1832), Novelist and poet. Sitter associated with 47 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir William Allan (1782-1850), Painter and engraver; President of the Royal Scottish Academy. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait by Allan shows the novelist, poet and historian Sir Walter Scott seated in his study at his home at Abbotsford in Scotland. He is reading a proclamation made by Mary Queen of Scots previous to her marriage to Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. One of his many dogs, thought to be either Maida or Bran, sits by the fire. The artist made a record of the many remarkable objects in the room: 'the vase was the gift of Lord Byron; the keys hanging by the window are those of 'Heart of Mid Lothian' or Old Tolbooth of Edinburg(h). The Sword suspended from the Bookcase belonged to Montrose, and the Rifle surmounting the various articles hanging over the Mantlepiece to Speckbacher the Tyrolese Partriot; near the Bookcase are hung an ancient Border Bugle, James VI's travelling Flask, and the Sporan or Purse of Rob Roy Mcgregor. Behind the Bust of Shakespeare is Rob Roy's long gun, above which is Claverhous's Pistol and below a brace formerly the Property of Napoleon'.
Related worksback to top
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin, The Face in the Corner: Animal Portraits from the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, 1998, p. 19
- Robin Gibson, Pets in Portraits, 2015, p. 36
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 553
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 441
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: Scotland, Scottish Borders (study, sitter's home, Abbotsford, Scotland)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1831back to top
Current affairsParliamentary Reform Bill is rejected by the House of Lords prompting riots in Nottingham, Derby and Bristol.
Art and scienceMichael Faraday demonstrates electromagnetic induction.
Death of Lady Sarah Ponsonby, last of the famous Ladies of Llangollen who attracted many of the leading names in art and literature to visit them at their home in Plas Newydd, Wales.
Opening of New London Bridge, designed by John Rennie.
InternationalViolinist Niccolo Paganini arrives in England from Italy and embarks on a six month tour of the country after astonishing London audiences with his virtuoso performances.
Revolutionary outbreaks in Modena, Parma and the Papal States influenced by the July Revolution in France the previous year.