Wed, 27th Apr 2022 13:00

A Small & Impressive Collection: Fine Scottish Pictures

  Lot 209


Sold for £300


oil on board, signed
image size 59cm x 49cm, overall size 71cm x 61cm
Note: Alan Gordon Dunnett Sutherland was born in Bombay, India in 1931, and lived there for the first three years of his life. Shortly after his 3rd birthday, his parents moved back to Edinburgh. He was thirteen when he had his first picture accepted for the Society of Scottish Artists and by the age of 22, he had three portraits exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1952. Sutherland's career as a professional artist specialising in portraiture spanned over 60 years. His work was exhibited at The Royal Academy London, the Chelsea Society, the Society of Scottish Artists, the Paris Salon, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and Prouds Art Gallery Sydney, Australia. His sitters were largely from "the establishment" and included HRH Prince Philip (for The New Club, Edinburgh); The Honourable Lord Cameron; Sir Nicholas Fairbairn QC; Sir Alex Douglas Home (Lord Home); William Maxwell "Max" Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook; Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton; Sir John Bruce, Surgeon to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, not to mention quite a few other Marquises, Earls, Viscounts and Lords and very often their wives. Sutherland was a gifted portraitist and enjoyed considerable commercial success which enabled him to maintain a studio in Cadogan Square, London for a period of time in the 1960s. In 1965 he completed a memorable portrait of Quentin Crisp but arguably Sutherland's greatest talent was capturing the "character" of his female sitters.

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