National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of David Anderson Sir Henry Raeburn (artist)
Scottish, 1756 - 1823
David Anderson, 1790
oil on canvas
overall: 152.5 x 107.5 cm (60 1/16 x 42 5/16 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.56
Not on View
From the Tour: Britain's Royal Academy of Art in the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 5 of 8

Conservation Notes

The medium-heavy canvas is tightly twill woven; it has been lined. The ground is white, containing white lead, and is thinly applied. The painting is executed in thin layers, with little evidence of brushmarks, and in some areas the paint does not completely cover the ground. X-radiographs and an infrared reflectograph show a woman's body to the left of the figure, and a thin but apparently bent implement depending from the man's left arm. There is some scattered unevenness in the paint surface, perhaps due to lumps in the lining adhesive. The paint surface has also been slightly abraded. The head and hair of the sitter are disfigured by shrinkage crackle in the darks. There are scattered small retouches, principally in the areas of pentimenti. The thick varnish has discolored yellow to a significant degree.

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