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SA771885

An Intimate Cabinet Portrait Of Elizabeth Constable And Her Granddaughter By Andrew Geddes Ara - Early 19th Century Scottish Portrait, Comparable To Sir David Wilkie

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£550 | $766 USD | €641 EUR
Item Number: SA771885
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Interiors at Work
This antique has been viewed 20 times in the past month with the most views from Germany.

Description

Andrew Geddes ARA (1783 – 1844)
A cabinet portrait of Mrs Elizabeth Constable, née Myles (1733 - 1819) with her Granddaughter, Anne Constable (1805 – 1863)
Oil on panel: 20 ¼ x 16 ½ in. (51.5 x 42 cm.)
Framed dimensions: 23 ¼ x 19 ¾ in. (59 x 50 cm.)
Painted 1812
Inscribed label verso: "Mrs Elizabeth Constable in the 79th year of her age & Miss Anne Constable her Granddaughter aged seven, Painted at Craigcrook Castle by Andrews Geddes in the year 1812 -“
> This peaceful portrait, which depicts an elderly grandmother with her youngest granddaughter quietly reading to her, was painted by the preeminent Scottish portrait painter Andrew Geddes in 1812. An early work for the artist, who had recently returned from his training at the Royal Academy in London, it was painted as a pendant for another portrait that depicted one of his earliest patrons, Sir Walter Scott’s publisher Archibald Constable (portrait now held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh).
> Interestingly, there is an old label on the verso that identifies the sitters – i.e. Mrs Elizabeth Constable in her 79th year and her granddaughter Anne Constable – and mentions that it was painted at Craigcrook Castle in 1812. The Constables lived at this splendid residence, a (largely) sixteenth-century castle in Edinburgh, in the early 1800s. It was here that Archibald Constable entertained his client Walter Scott, amongst other notables. Latterly, when it was owned by John Hunter Watt, Craigcrook Castle was known for its literary soirées, with notable guests such as Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen and Lord Tennyson. It has recently been put on the market, the first time in 300 years: https://www.countrylife.co.uk/property/medieval-castle-near-edinburgh-90071
> Andrew Geddes was an Edinburgh-based portrait painter and print-maker, who initially practiced as an excise clerk after attending Edinburgh University. After his father's death in the early 1800s he was able to study at the Royal Academy Schools in London. He returned to Edinburgh in 1810 and set up a portrait studio, but he was back in London by 1814. With a fine sense of texture and colour, Geddes excelled at 'fancy pictures', which were usually cabinet portraits of sitters dressed in exotic costume. Most famously he painted his good friend, and fellow Scottish expat, David Wilkie in this format (now Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh). His European travels enriched his artistic education, particularly when he was in Holland where he admired the etched work of Rembrandt. Geddes subsequently refined his own etching style to the extent that he is still widely revered as one of Britain’s greatest ever etchers.
> First photo in natural daylight, second interior shot with spot light. This painting is presented ready to hang. There are a few condition issues to note, including two minor cracks – one on each side of the panel – these are clearly illustrated. Geddes also experimented with bitumen (a 19th century tar-like substance used to darken dark colours) which has resulted in some ‘scarring’ in many of his paintings. This can be seen in some parts of this painting in the form of very tight craquelure, especially in the grandmother’s cloak.
> This comes from a collection of works by Andrew Geddes, including two drawings and an etching, which I also have for sale – do see my other listings.
'Interiors at Work' is an interior design consultancy and dealer in Scottish Paintings, Objects & Curios.



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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Dimensions

Height = 51.5 cm (20.3")
Width = 42 cm (16.5")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")


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