A Piper of the Black Watch
Depicting George Clarke
British Naive School Portrait
Oils on Canvas
In Antique Ebonised Wedge Profile Frame
British Probably Scottish c. 1830
25” high x 20” wide x 1” deep
A delightful and sensitively detailed naive Military/Valentine Portrait of Scottish historical interest. Painted in oils on canvas, it is in excellent original condition and benefits from a wonderful rich palette and confident execution.
George Clarke was presented with the pipes that he is depicted playing, by the Highland Society, and which are engraved ”To George Clarke, piper of the 71st, as a mark of the Society's approbation of his spirited and laudable conduct at the Battle of Veimeria Aug 21st 1808, in continuing to play upon his pipes to animate the men, after being himself severely wounded.”
There is record of a print depicting the same subject, having been published on June 4th 1816, by Edward Orme, Bond Street, corner of Brook Street, London.