The Skating Minister in style of Henry Raeburn


This oil painting on canvas interprets "The Skating Minister," in the style of Henry Raeburn. Officially titled "Reverend Robert Walker (1755-1808) Skating on Duddingston Loch." The original depicts Reverend Walker, minister of Canongate Kirk and a member of the Edinburgh Skating Society, the oldest skating club in Britain. The society often skated on the frozen lochs of Duddingston or Lochend, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

For many years, people believed Sir Henry Raeburn painted the original. However, its style differs significantly from his other works. Recent X-rays revealed the absence of lead-white paint under the face, a technique Henry Raeburn commonly used.

This suggested he was not the artist. Instead, evidence points to Henri-Pierre Danloux, a French artist who settled in Edinburgh during the late 18th century. Which is additionally around the time the painting is believed to have been created.

This painting captures the serene elegance of Reverend Walker gliding gracefully across the ice. His dark figure strikingly set against the wintry backdrop. The interpretation emphasizes the tranquil beauty of the scene and the refined skill of the artist, whether Henry Raeburn or Danloux. It remains a captivating portrayal of a moment in time, reflecting both the cultural history of Edinburgh and the artistic mystery surrounding its creation.

  • Oil on Canvas.
  • The Skating Minister in style of Henry Raeburn.
  • Bespoke Handmade Frame.

Width: 79.5 cm  |  Depth: 7 cm  |  Height: 94.5 cm

Item code: OP105-LAW35LA

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