Like The Allen Brothers, this portrait dates from early in Henry Raeburn’s career. A recent cleaning has brought out the broadly applied, “square” brushstrokes that are the hallmark of his technique, especially in the painting of the clothes. He was a prolific and largely self-taught artist who became the most sought-after portraitist among the landowning and professional classes of his native Scotland. Born Janet Mitchelson, the sitter married John Anderson, an Edinburgh lawyer, in 1784. They had nine children.


  • Title: Portrait of Janet Anderson
  • Creator: Henry Raeburn
  • Date Created: late 1780s
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (90.2 x 69.8 cm)
  • Provenance: Presumably painted for the sitter’s husband, John Anderson [1754-1814], Inchyra, Scotland. John A. Wood, London by 1876. A. R. Wilson Wood, London, by 1901. Possibly (Gooden and Fox, London), 1904. Sir George Donaldson [1845-1925], London, by 1907. Sir John Donaldson. (Sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 18 June 1954, no. 19); purchased for £2205 by (Newhouse Galleries, Inc., New York); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1954.
  • Rights: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • External Link: www.kimbellart.org
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Japanese: British (Scottish)
  • Century: 18th century
  • Artist Dates: (1756–1823)

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