Portrait of an Officer

SIR GEORGE CHALMERS BT (c.1720-1791)

Dimensions

Height - 30.00inch (76.20cm)
Width - 25.00inch (63.50cm)
Framed Height - 35.25inch (89.53cm)
Framed Width - 30.25inch (76.83cm)

Description

Portrait of an Officer
GEORGE CHALMERS

Period

1720

Literature

P73805
PORTRAIT OF AN OFFICER
WEARING A RED COAT AND TRICORN HAT

SIR GEORGE CHALMERS, Bart

C.1720 – 1791
Oil on canvas 30 x 25 inches
Framed size 35 ¼ x 30 ¼ inches

Chalmers was born in Edinburgh, son of Roderick a heraldic painter and engraver.
Said to have studied in Rome with Allan Ramsay and was in Minorca in the 1750’s where he painted, General Blakeney. Claimed to have inherited the baronetcy of Chalmers of Cults circa 1764 and from this point signed his portraits ‘Geo. Chalmers Equ Baron.
He set up successful portrait practices in London, Hull and Edinburgh, where he married the sister of Cosmo Alexander in 1768.
Chalmers went on to exhibit 24 works at the Royal Academy from 1775-1790.

This painting would appear to date from the 1750’s when Chalmers style was more minimalistic, for later on his work becomes more highly decorated.
It compares closely with his portrait of Colonel Thomas Buck painted in 1751 in Minorca and General Blakeney in the same place from 1755.

Chalmers was buried in London on 15 November 1791.

Works Represented: National Portrait Gallery, London;
Scottish National Gallery; Edinburgh Art Gallery,
HM Queen

Bibl: Portrait Painters – B. Stewart & M. Cutten
Dictionary of Scottish Painters 1600 - 1960
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