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In 1870, "Mr Mitchell, Publisher to the Queen" produced
two large leatherbound volumes of magnificient watercolour
portraits by Kenneth Macleay RSA. Measuring a massive 22 x 18
inches (57 x 47cms) they contain 31 portraits of 57 individuals
described as below:
They are without doubt the most detailed portraits of
Highland dress and tartans from that era and are highly prized as
research tools and, of course, as portraits for today's homes. The
original water colours are owned by Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II and held in Windsor Castle.
We're lucky enough at the Tartans
Authority to have copies of these very valuable books and are thus
able to offer giclée prints of all the featured
Once you've admired MacLeay's
wonderful artistry, read the fascinating details of all the sitters
that help to bring the portraits 'alive.
Click on the thumbnails below for enlargements.
These 31 paintings of McLeay's are without doubt the most
detailed portraits of the period showing in astonishing detail, the
individuals, their Highland dress and - most importantly - the
tartans they wore.
Victorian lithography has never been surpassed and the prints in
the books are of such quality that they look as if they were
Kenneth McLeay was born in Oban, Scotland in 1802 and studied at
the trustees' Academy in Edinburgh He was a Foundation
Associate Member of the Scottish Academy and became RSA from
He was chiefly a watercolour portrait painter, producing both
miniature and full size portraits and is recorded as a
portrait painter in the Edinburgh trade directories from 1822 until
1878, living at twelve different addresses over this
He exhibited photographs in many of the PSS Exhibitions from
1856 to 1864 and also became a professional photographer from 1859
details from a few of the portraits.
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