Monday, 19 December 2011
Advent Calender - Day 19
For today's image I have chosen the Skating Minister by Raeburn the Scottish portrait painter. It is a portrait of the Reverend Robert Walker and was painted in the 1790's.
Reverend Robert Walker was minister of the Canongate Kirk and a member of the Edinburgh Skating Society. What is thought to be one of the oldest skating clubs in Britain. They met on Duddingston lake which is were this portrait is believed to be set. The artists evident interest in capturing a figure in movement is unusal for the painters of the time.
This painting is currently in the National Gallery of Scotland and is considered one of the highlights of the collection. There is even a Christmas tree decoration!
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