I love this painting. It was painted by Robert Scott Lauder (1803 - 1861). Lauder is probably better known for the influence he had on a generation of Scottish painters in his role as Master of the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh between 1852 and 1861. Yet some of his painting was quite stunning.
The painting is titled 'John Gibson Lockhart and his Wife Charlotte Sophia Scott'. Charlotte was the daughter of Sir Walter Scott. I think what is remarkable and what lends such pathos to the painting is that it was painted c.1840. Whilst Gibson is painted from life, Charlotte is painted posthumously as she died in 1837.
For those of you who are in the vicinity, you can see this in the flesh at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. Well worth the visit for this alone.
And speaking of Sir Walter Scott, wasn't it he who wrote:
'Oh What a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive.'
Bit of a contemporary statement that eh?
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