Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. 1756 - 1823
Boy and Rabbit
Photo: R.A./John Hammond
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Boy and Rabbit, ca. 1814
Oil on canvas, 1030 X 793 X 25 mm
Diploma Work given by Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., accepted 1816
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Henry Raeburn lived and worked in Edinburgh, and was the leading Scottish portrait painter of his day. Although he aspired in his portraits to the lofty performances of his predecessor Sir Joshua Reynolds, his style was closer to his contemporary, Sir Thomas Lawrence.
The sitter, Henry Raeburn Inglis, was the son of Raeburn’s stepdaughter and a great favourite with the painter. He is shown placing a protective arm around his pet rabbit as he feeds it dandelion leaves. The boy’s proximity to the picture plane and Raeburn’s broad handling of the landscape suggests a familiarity and ease which would have been more restrained in a commissioned portrait. It also allows Raeburn to demonstrate his virtuoso handling of paint, particularly evident in the treatment of the boy’s shirt.

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