Date: ca. 1816 - 1817
Alexander Dirom was about seventeen years of age when he posed for this portrait. During his military career to follow he would serve in North America and the East Indies. This picture is among this artist’s series of portraits of the Dirom family. All were completed around 1815 to 1817. The family was certainly not alone in seeking Raeburn, who was then at the height of his fame. Many leaders of Scottish society sat for him, and they included the lord president of the Scottish Parliament and the famous author Sir Walter Scott
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: H: 30 x W: 25 in.
Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection
Category: Paintings - Portraits
Purchased April 8, 1980 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Captain Alexander Dirom, Edinburgh, Scotland; descended in the family to Mr. John Patrick Alexander Pasley-Dirom, Mount Annan and Claughead, County Dumfries, Scotland; an English collector, London, England; M. Knoedler and Company, New York, New York; Mr. Percy R. Pyne, II, Rivington House, Roslyn, Long Island, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Andre de Coppet, Dauphin Plantation, Cape Haitien, Haiti; and an American collector, New York, New York. Recorded in "Illustrated London News", August 4, 1928, page 205; and reproduced in "Paintings by Raeburn in America", by Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Antiquarian", January, 1930, page 82, and illustrated page 33. "Unrecorded Raeburns", by James Greig, "The Connoisseur", June 1930, page 347; and "The Connoisseur in America", by Helen Comstock, "The Connoisseur", May, 1938, page 263. Exhibited in "French and English Art Treasures of the XVIII Century", Parke-Bernet, Inc., New York, New York, December 20-30, 1942, Number 406.