Scottish naive school c1810-1820. Oil on paper, laid on panel with traces of the original coarse canvas backing to the reverse. Unsigned. In a decorative moulded frame with gold slip. Refurbished and ready to hang.
Sight: 11" x 14" (28cm x 36cm)
Frame: 15" x 18" (38cm x 46cm)
An intriguing painting for anyone interested in the living conditions of 'ordinary' people of the time. The father, recently returned from military duty with the Scottish Highlanders, salutes his young son also dressed as a soldier, whilst his brother looks on. The scene is lit by the light of the fire, and a solitary lamp, whilst the wife continues spinning wool. The room is drab and uncarpeted, with little in the way of furnishings, fish drying on the wall, a fresh fish enticing the cat, and winter vegetables on the table. Given the fish depicted perhaps the location for this painting was a coastal or lochside village.
Signs of a crack running through the board, now stabilised. The surface is 'crinkled' given the thin paper on which the oil was painted.
With thanks to the Highlanders Museum, Fort George, Nr. Inverness, Scotland for the following:
"In 1809 the War Office decided to reduce the number of Highland Regiments. On 11 April 1809 the 72nd (together with the 73rd, 74th, 75th and 91st) Highlanders was ordered to discontinue wearing the much prized Highland dress. The 72nd, in South Africa at the time, therefore had to adopt the tropical uniform of a regiment of the Line, with red jacket, white trousers and round hat. Highland status was not restored until 1823 so it may be that your picture belongs in the period from 1809 to 1823."