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GLAHA 51913: The Spreull Family c.1793 - click to view larger image

The Spreull Family c.1793
(oil on canvas)

CRE ALLAN, David; (Scottish; 1744-1796)


Materials:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
117.5 x 154.2 x 2.5 cms
Frame:
141.0 x 179.0 x 9.5
Notes:
The father is James Shortridge or Spreull (1760-1824), a graduate of the University of Glasgow, City Chamberlain and Superintendant of the Clyde. He is surrounded by his mother Hannah (Park), his wife Margaret (McCall Spreull), and three children, Helen, John and Margaret. The Spreull family was one of the oldest west country families and had strong connections with Glasgow University. David Allan, Scotland's first genre painter, was also the principal early exponent of the Scottish conversation piece. After studying at the Foulis Academy in Glasgow in the 1750s and early 1760s, he spent ten years in Italy and two years in London before settling back in Scotland in 1779 because of poor health. This fine conversation piece belongs to a dozen family portrait painted in the last two decades of his life. Presented by Marilyn Malmquist, 2008
Keywords:
CONVERSATION PIECE : FAMILY PORTRAIT : GLASGOW : CHILD : HUNTING : WOODCOCK : LOCH : SPREULL : SHORTRIDGE : INFORMAL : LANDSCAPE : KNITTING : SHAWL : HEAD-DRESS : STRAW HAT : DOG : GUN : ON DISPLAY :

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