The title refers to the animal shape of the jagged cliffs that jut out above the sea somewhere along the Scottish coast. In the foreground, men haul in the shattered remains of a boat that has crashed against the rocks. The sky and turbulent water suggest a passing storm. This is one of six Scottish subjects that Duncanson executed late in his career, probably after a trip he made to England and Scotland. The son of biracial parents, Duncanson achieved international recognition for his landscapes.


  • Title: Dog's Head of Scotland
  • Creator: Robert S. Duncanson
  • Date Created: 1870
  • Physical Dimensions: 26 1/4 x 49 1/4 in.
  • Provenance: By 1880, Thomas Jones Barnum (1828-1879), Manchester, Missouri; 1879, by descent to his widow, Agnes (Tumulty) Barnum (d. 1911); by 1910, given by Agnes Barnum to Father Xavier Reker, Taos, Missouri; by 1950, given by Father Reker to Theodore J. Haar, Jr., Jefferson City, Missouri; 1969, by descent to his widow, Mrs. Theo Haar; 1970, sold by Mrs. Theo Haar to the MFA.
  • Subject Keywords: African American Artist
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Emily L. Ainsley Fund. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: MFA Website Entry
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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