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Old 07-21-2014, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default 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?



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Old 07-21-2014, 03:09 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:13 PM   #3
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Looks like a rather poor copy of the well known Scottish bagpiper portrait by Wilkie.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:38 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:07 PM   #5
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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?


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Old 07-24-2014, 12:42 AM   #6
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Default 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?
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:57 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:26 PM   #8
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interesting that it's a lousy copy of the piper, but quite a good copy of the pipes...
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:35 PM   #9
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Maybe an early "selfie" in which someone paid an artist to ad his face to a copie of the original?
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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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