Fine Art Friday

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Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddin
by Sir Henry Raeburn

Sir Henry Raeburn was a Scottish portrait painter. You can read more about him in his Wikipedia entry here.

I have always loved this picture, because I find it amusing to think that a minister would allow his portrait to be painted while he is skating. And he is so very solemn and upright. I love the contrast between the dark black of the minister's clothes and the greenish background colors. The diagonal forward slant of his skating body. Though he seems so very proper, there must be a hint of fun in him--or we wouldn't see him skating, would we? He could have picked the standard "sitting for a portrait pose."


interesting image. but really i came to share this with you two - i guess i could email it, but i'm already here reading anyway.

I'm running out of descriptive adjectives, but I love this picture. I do wish he were smiling, even just a tiny bit. Maybe he is skating because "it it good for the constitution." Ha! It's a great picture! Thanks.

Yes. What can it mean?
The skating odd.

Yet stunning :o)

My mom has a print of this hanging in her front hall, in Ottawa, Canada (home of the world's longest outdoor skating surface.) I have always loved the image. Thanks for posting it!



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