Portrait of Janet Anderson

Henry Raeburn
British (Scottish) (1756–1823)
18th century
late 1780s
Oil on canvas
35 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (90.2 x 69.8 cm) Framed: 45 1/2 x 38 x 3 3/4 in. (115.6 x 96.5 x 9.5 cm)
ACF 1954.06
Currently Not On View
Like The Allen Brothers, this portrait dates from early in Henry Raeburn’s career. A recent cleaning has brought out the broadly applied, “square” brushstrokes that are the hallmark of his technique, especially in the painting of the clothes. He was a prolific and largely self-taught artist who became the most sought-after portraitist among the landowning and professional classes of his native Scotland. Born Janet Mitchelson, the sitter married John Anderson, an Edinburgh lawyer, in 1784. They had nine children.


Presumably painted for the sitter’s husband, John Anderson [1754-1814], Inchyra, Scotland. John A. Wood, London by 1876. A. R. Wilson Wood, London, by 1901. Possibly (Gooden and Fox, London), 1904. Sir George Donaldson [1845-1925], London, by 1907. Sir John Donaldson. (Sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 18 June 1954, no. 19); purchased for £2205 by (Newhouse Galleries, Inc., New York); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1954.