Buckingham Palace, London, England
28 Jul 1897
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A watercolour portrait of Colin Campbell (b.1810) and a Beadalbane clansman, who wears the uniform of the 3rd Perthshire Volunteer Corps. Signed and dated.
After painting Queen Victoria's three younger sons in the early 1860s, Kenneth MacLeay, a miniature and watercolour portrait painter, was commissioned to produce further portraits of the Queen's favourite retainers. From this developed a more significant commission, and indeed the most important of the artist's career: a series of portraits of representatives of the more important Highland clans, with a view to publication. This group of portraits of retainers and clansmen was executed during the second half of the 1860s and exhibited by John Mitchell, Old Bond Street, in 1869. They were then reproduced in chromolithograph by Vincent Brooks (London's premier lithographer) as illustrations to the two-volume 'The Highlanders of Scotland' (1870).
Descriptive Medium: 'watercolour painting'