The Skating Minister

The Story Behind the Painting

By Duncan Thomson, Lynne Gladstone-Millar

Format: Hardback

The black-clad minister, skating enigmatically over Edinburgh's Duddingston Loch on a wintry afternoon, is a familiar icon of Scottish culture - but until 1942 this portrait by Henry Raeburn was virtually unknown. Read the story behind the painting.

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The portrait of Reverend Robert Walker by Sir Henry Raeburn is world famous. On permanent show in the National Gallery of Scotland, the black-clad minister, skating enigmatically over Edinburgh's Duddingston Loch on a wintry afternoon, is a now familiar icon of Scottish culture. The painting gained new fame recently as an inspiration to the architect of the new Scottish Parliament building. Read about the Edinburgh Enlightenment times of artist and sitter and how the painting - virtually unknown until 1942 - has become so loved.

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Format Hardback
Imprint National Museums of Scotland Enterprises - Publishing
Publication Date 1 Nov 2004
ISBN 9781901663853
Number of Pages 64

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Thomson and Gladstone-Millar provide neat pen portraits of Walker and his circle of friends, and suggest plausible art-historical influences. David Robertson, Scotsman, 27.11.04

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