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Robert Bannatyne Finlay, 1st Viscount Finlay (1842-1929), Lord Chancellor

Henry Macbeth-Raeburn

Robert Bannatyne Finlay, 1st Viscount Finlay (1842-1929), Lord Chancellor

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Artist / Copyist / EngraverHenry Macbeth-Raeburn (1860-1947)
Artist / EngraverGeorge Fiddes Watt (1873-1960)
TitleRobert Bannatyne Finlay, 1st Viscount Finlay (1842-1929), Lord Chancellor
Date1917
MediumMezzotint
Letteringbelow image, bl: H. Macbeth-Raeburn ; bc: Finlay ; br: Fiddes Watt
AcquisitionPurchased from Mrs Dorothy Lane, February 1958
LocationUK, London, Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
GAC number4494
 
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Henry Macbeth-Raeburn

Henry Macbeth-Raeburn, painter and engraver, was the son of the portrait painter Norman Macbeth (1821-1888). His siblings included the painters Norman (1821-1888) and James (1847-1891), and Allan Macbeth (1856-1910), a noted organist, choirmaster and principal of the Glasgow College of Music. Henry added Raeburn to his name to distinguish himself from the other painters in his family. He began his career in Edinburgh, but later moved to London. He exhibited 17 works at the Royal Academy, 4 at the New Water-Colour Society and one at the Royal Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street, London.

George Fiddes Watt

George Fiddes Watt, portrait painter, was born in Aberdeen, the son of a carpenter who specialised in the construction of ships. Watts left school at 14 to take up an apprenticeship with a firm of lithographic printers. From the age of 21 he studied life-drawing at the Royal Scottish Academy and later received commissions for portraits, mainly of local dignitaries. He married art teacher Jean Wilcox in 1903 and had three sons and a daughter. In 1910, he took a studio in London and began to exhibit at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. When the bombing of London was particularly heavy in 1940 he moved to Cults, near Aberdeen. He died in Aberdeen at the age of 87.