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The Scottish Visitors: Reverend Robert Walker

Sir Henry Raeburn 1756–1823, Skating on Duddingston Loch, about 1795. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Purchased 1949 (NG 2112)

Tonya Harding, eat your heart out.

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The Scottish Visitors: Margaret Lindsay of Evelick

Allan Ramsay 1713–1784, Margaret Lindsay of Evelick, Mrs Allan Ramsay, about 1758–9. Oil on canvas,  29¼ x 24⅜ in. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland, 1861 (NG430)

A portrait of a scandal. 

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The Scottish Visitors: A Family from Pitlessie

Sir David Wilkie (1785–1841), Pitlessie Fair (detail), 1804. Oil on canvas, 24¼ x 43½ in. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Purchased 1921 (NG 1527)

These might not appear to be the most pious folks—the fifth commandment concerning honoring your parents doesn’t appear to be high on these kids’ list. But read more about how Sir David Wilkie secretly sketched his fellow parishioners in church, and then used those drawings to populate his great painting, Pitlessie Fair from 1804.

The latest of our Scottish visitors, the excerpt below is from the exhibition catalog for Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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Slow Art Day: Taking Time to Make a Connection

This year amid the installations and exhibitions—the everyday blur of activity at the Museums—we’re excited to host Slow Art Day at the de Young and the Legion of Honor on Saturday, April 11. This is an entire day to make time for connections—between you and an artwork, you and an artist, or just between you and the current moment. The structure of Slow Art Day is simple: visit a museum, choose a work of art and spend five to ten minutes with it. 

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The Scottish Visitors: Berthia Hamilton Don-Wauchope

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell 1883–1937, Portrait of a Lady in Black, about 1921. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Bequeathed by Mr and Mrs G.D. Robinson through the Art Fund, 1988

A drawing room with lilac walls and highly polished black floors—and a pile of props like top hats, opera cloaks, and fans. Read more about how Cadell used his spectacular living space to inject a little glamour into his portrait of our next Scottish vistor, Berthia Hamilton Don-Wauchope, the artist's 50-something neighbor from Edinburgh. The except below is from the  exhibition catalog for Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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The Scottish Visitors: Lady Agnew of Lochnaw

John Singer Sargent 1856–1925, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865–1932), 1892. Oil on canvas, 125.7 x 100.3 cm (49½ x 39½ in). Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Purchased with the aid of the Cowan Smith Bequest Fund, 1925 (NG1656).

The next in our weekly series of Scottish visitors is Lady Agnew, who sat for John Singer Sargent at the age of 27. Her pose is "notably langorous," possibly because she was recovering from a period of nervous exhaustion at the time. The except below is from the  exhibition catalog for Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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