Gentleman with his Dog

DAVID ALLAN (1744-1796)

Dimensions

Height - 44.00inch (111.76cm)
Width - 34.00inch (86.36cm)

Description

Gentleman with his Dog
DAVID ALLAN

Period

1775

Literature

7940P

PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
WITH HIS GUN AND DOG

DAVID ALLAN

1744 -1796
Oil on canvas 46 x 38 inches
Framed size

David Allan was born in Alloa, Scotland on 13 February 1744 son of a shore master, sadly his mother died a few days after his birth.
The Cathcart family became his patrons and helped pay for him to study at the Foulis Academy, based in the College of Glasgow, from 1755 to 1762.
Allan later travelled to Naples and Rome and was befriended by Lady Cathcart’s brother, Sir William Hamilton. Allan was influenced by the work of Batoni, but also produced portraits that border on the caricature for which he gained the name of the ‘Scottish Hogarth’.
He studied with Gavin Hamilton and absorbed the heroic tradition of history painting.
He exhibited is work, 12 at the Royal Academy; 4 at the Free Society of Artists and 3 at the Society of Artist of Great Britain 1771 -1781.
From 1777 to 1780 he worked in London and then settled in Edinburgh where he introduced family conversation pieces and small portraits of cabinet size.
He succeeded Alexander Runciman as Master of Trustees’ Academy, Edinburgh in 1786, and held this post until his death on 13 February 1796 or 6 August 1796.
Allan created a series of small scale full length watercolours of Edinburgh characters in the 1780’s and there are some recorded small scale full lengths in oils.

Works Represented: Scottish National Portrait Gallery; National Portrait Gallery London; Glasgow Art Gallery; British Museum; Earl Cathcart Collection; Yale.

Bibl: Dictionary of Portrait Painters - Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten

At present, we do not know the identity of the young Gentleman in the portrait. However his clothes and other accoutrements match those in Allan’s self portrait of 1770 and his portrait of Thomas Graham, Baron Lynedoch in 1769.
Allan’s work can be rather variable from the somewhat static figure groups to sophisticated and flowing works like this present painting and others mentioned above.
   
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