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Scottish portrait after Sir Henry Raeburn, Lady Suttie

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"Lady Suttie" after Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. (Scottish, 1756-1823) by Agnes Cambell Imlach (Scottish, 1848-1916). Dated 1889. Oil on canvas in original carved giltwood frame. This portrait is a copy of an original by Scotland's most noted painter of portraits, Sir Henry Raeburn. This copy has descended in the Grant-Suttie family since its being commissioned and was painted by a Scottish female painter, Agnes Campbell Imlach, being signed on the verso of the canvas. The sitter is Lady Katherine Isabella (Hamilton) Suttie (d.1878), the second daughter of James Hamilton Esq. of Bangour. In 1792, she married James Suttie (1759-1836), the 4th Baronet, who succeeded to the Baronency of Balgone in 1783, and succeeded to Prestongrange in 1818, at which time he took the name Grant-Suttie. The couple had one son, Sir George Grant-Suttie (b.1797) and two daughters, Margaret and Janet (d.1836) Grant-Suttie. Henry Raeburn is known to have painted portraits of their two daughters, Margaret and Janet, in about 1820. It is assumed that he also painted this portrait of their mother, Katherine Isabella, at a similar time or before, though its whereabouts are unknown to us. This copy must have been commissioned by a family member some sixty plus years later. The artist Agnes Imlach married, in 1909, David Scott-Moncrieff (1829-1918) of Edinburgh, whose parents, Robert Scott-Moncrieff and Susannah Pringle were acquainted with Henry Raeburn. The painting is offered in its original condition and frame and could use a professional cleaning. There is also some damage to the frame's gilding along the lower edge caused by dampness. Canvas size: 29 inches x 23 inches.