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Sir James Macdonald 1741 - 1766 and Sir Alexander Macdonald 1744 / 1745 - 1795 (About 1749)

About this artwork

The two boys, James on the right and Alexander on the left, were the sons of Sir Alexander Macdonald of Macdonald, a great Highland chieftain with estates on the Isle of Skye. James is shown with his gun, Alexander is playing golf. Golf was already a well-established pastime in Scotland by this time. The children wear three different patterns of tartan between them, as individual family or clan patterns did not become widely established until the end of the eighteenth century.

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  • title: Sir James Macdonald 1741 - 1766 and Sir Alexander Macdonald 1744 / 1745 - 1795
  • accession number: PG 2127
  • Attributed to: William MosmanScottish (about 1700 - 1771)
  • artist: Unknown
  • depicted: Sir James Macdonald
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Families Sport and leisure
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1749
  • measurements: 69.50 x 58.00 in.; 176.50 x 147.30 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1967
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

William Mosman

William Mosman

Mosman was probably born in Aberdeen and became a pupil of Francesco Imperiali in Rome in 1732. He spent about six years in Italy but he visited Aberdeen in 1738 and painted several portraits of the Duff family. He returned permanently to Scotland in 1740. In the early 1750s Mosman moved north, settling in Aberdeen, where he set up a drawing academy in the early 1760s.