One of Henry Raeburn’s most intimate and endearing portraits has gone on show at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Boy and Rabbit, on loan from the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts in London, will hang in the portrait section of the Looking at Art gallery in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum until June 2018. A programme of events, talks and workshops will be on offer around the different themes explored by the painting while it is on display.
The boy in the portrait was Deaf and the painting is all about the senses, with touch being of particular importance in the relationship between young Henry and his pet rabbit. The artwork offers an inspiring story of triumph in the face of adversity, as the boy grew up to become an artist in his own right, no doubt inspired by his grandfather’s example.
Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) was a prominent Scottish Enlightenment painter. Raeburn lived and worked almost his entire life in Edinburgh, where he produced portraits depicting members of the Scottish elite including politicians, judges, landowners, writers and intellectuals. He was hugely prolific, producing around 1,000 canvases. Glasgow Museums collection includes 20 other works by Raeburn. However, this painting is unusual as it has a child and family member as its sitter.
Boy and Rabbit will hang in the Looking at Art gallery in Kelvingrove Museum until June 2018.
Image: Boy and Rabbit (Royal Academy) c. 1814, oil on canvas, is a portrait by the prominent Scottish Enlightenment painter Henry Raeburn (1756-1823).