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Rob_Say 07-21-2014 02:37 PM

Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
Found this little picture whilst looking for some furniture. I'd say it was drawn from life rather than some of the more imagined pictures.

Anyone come across it before or care to comment?

http://matthewsauctionrooms.com/wp-c...mages/1541.JPG

It's in an auction in Co Cavan, Ireland - on Saturday
(http://matthewsauctionrooms.com/26th...ion/?start=539)

I've no interest .. or cash!

longwind 07-21-2014 03:09 PM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
Nice find! Would be a great score. My guess would be late 19th century, 1880-1895. That's without seeing it firsthand. Just finished restoring a pastel portrait of a young lady, painted in 1865 last Friday. A satisfied client picked it up today Like the piper better. Would say, original frame too.

Adam Sanderson 07-21-2014 10:13 PM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
Looks like a rather poor copy of the well known Scottish bagpiper portrait by Wilkie.

Rob_Say 07-22-2014 12:38 AM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
A quick search throws up: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/...g-piper-n00329

I think you're entirely correct, I'd forgotten about that one.

cheers

Rob

Rob MacDonald 07-22-2014 01:07 PM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
Most of the painting is better-executed than the face - which is so out of alignment that you'd think it was a 'cut-and-paste' job.

Is it an earlier example of a restoration gone horribly wrong?


http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline...ation-attempt/

Matt Seattle 07-24-2014 12:42 AM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
A local piper friend of mine found and bought another (different) copy of the same painting by Wilkie.

Perhaps it was common practice to make amateur copies of well known works, or perhaps this one was a desirable item for a certain interest group?

Adam Sanderson 07-24-2014 03:57 AM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Matt Seattle (Post 1264082)
Perhaps it was common practice to make amateur copies of well known works?

Absolutely, very common indeed, widespread, in fact. There are 17 "pods", or museum warehouses in the Glasgow area alone full of such stuff, main favourite is Rabbie Burns, hundreds of amateur copies of Alexander Nasmyth's portrait of him.

Pete Stewart 07-25-2014 02:26 PM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
interesting that it's a lousy copy of the piper, but quite a good copy of the pipes...

Klondike Waldo 07-25-2014 02:35 PM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
Maybe an early "selfie" in which someone paid an artist to ad his face to a copie of the original?

Glenurquhart 08-03-2014 10:34 AM

Re: Old Painting: BP / Lowland style pipes
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Adam Sanderson (Post 1264096)
Absolutely, very common indeed, widespread, in fact. There are 17 "pods", or museum warehouses in the Glasgow area alone full of such stuff, main favourite is Rabbie Burns, hundreds of amateur copies of Alexander Nasmyth's portrait of him.

I wonder why the Wilkie painting was so popular since there are indeed many copies of it, and some happen to surface on the market every now and then.


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