MACBETH-RAEBURN, Henry (1860-1947)
[King George VI in Scottish Regimental Uniform]
c. 1937. Mezzotint. Proof before letters. Signed in pencil in bottom left corner of plate. Title space uncleaned. Printed on thick wove paper. In excellent condition. 23 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches. Sheet size: 26 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches. Plate mark: 25 1/4 x 16 1/8 inches.
A striking mezzotint portrait of King George VI in traditional Scottish dress by Henry Macbeth-Raeburn's, the celebrated Scottish engraver.
This superb portrait of the King appears to have never been published. It is a strong depiction of the king greatly honored for his leadership and example through World War II and an excellent example of Macbeth-Raeburn's mastery of the art of mezzotint portraiture,as practiced in the late 18th century.
Henry Macbeth-Raeburn was a noted Scottish painter and mezzotint engraver active in Edinburgh during the 1920s. He was a member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers, and Engravers. He is known today for his stylish mezzotints after celebrated eighteenth and nineteenth century portraits, which reproduced with accuracy and finesse the glory of these earlier masters. He had a penchant for the paintings of Reynolds, Gainsborough, and Sargent and produced many fine prints after their celebrated works.
Benezit, Dictionnaire de Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs , vol. 8, p. 905; Thieme/Becker, Allgemeines Lexicon der bilden Künstler, Vol. 23/24, p. 505.