Scottish, 1756 - 1823

Mrs. Reay of Killingworth Hall, Northumberland

Date: ca. 1790 - 1800

This picture was painted by a Scottish artist to mark the marriage of an English heiress to an Irish man. Harsh, almost sharp edges define Elizabeth Harrison Reay’s clothing. These contours contrast with her softly modeled skin and features. Raeburn was largely self-taught and first worked as a jeweler’s apprentice. After that he became a painter of miniatures. In 1784 he met Sir Joshua Reynolds in London. That master greatly influenced Raeburn, who returned to Scotland by about 1786 and became one of the leading artists of the day.

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: H: 30 x W: 25 in.

Place: Scotland

Accession: 0135

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Oil , Canvas , Women , Northumberland

Purchased July 5, 1961 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Arthur Tooth, London, England; A. W. Erickson, New York, New York; Wildenstein and Company, New York, New York, and; Marquis de Villeroy, Paris, France. Recorded in the catalogue of "Old and New England - an Exhibition of American Painting of Colonial and Early Republican Days together with English Painting of the same time". Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, Number 89. Reproduced in the catalogue and exhibited in "Old and New England - an Exhibition of American Painting of Colonial and Early Republican Days together with English Painting of the same time" by the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, page 35, Number 89.