~ ‘The Entrance To Loch Katrine’ By David Maitlant Mackenzie Oil On Board, c.1840 ~
This fine oil painting depicts a 19th century view of the entrance to Loch Katrine, a freshwater loch in the district of Stirling, Scotland. In the foreground (bottom right) sits a brightly dressed figure who appears to be fishing, shaded by the large tree above. To his left are two figures in a small boat out on the calm waters of the Loch, which extends off into the distance surrounded by a dramatic mountainous backdrop. The painting is unsigned, but bears an ancient label on the back, handwritten in ink, inscribed: “The Entrance to Loch Katrine” “Mackenzie Painter”.
~ Artist ~
The painting is attributed to David Maitlant Mackenzie RSA (1800 – 1875), a Scottish landscape painter in oil.
~ Media ~
The painting is executed in oils on pressed cardboard or paperboard. The oil itself is in a very clean condition. The painting style seems to have been quite swiftly yet skillfully executed, suggesting it may have been painted in situ as an outdoor study. The clean and simple strokes used to convey details of the loch and distant scenery in soft, muted greys and greens contrast well with the bolder, ‘chunkier’ textures and tones used on the shoreline in the foreground, and with the delicate, dappled foliage of the tree.
There is some light blistering of the darker pigments used in the branches (see images below for details).
~ Frame & Construction ~
The painted board is set within a smaller wooden frame, block mounted within a larger wooden frame (see images below for further details). The large outer frame is decorated with gilded, pressed composite, which appears to have been regilded and/ or coated with bronze powder/ paint. The compo has suffered significant vertical cracking (as is very common), and there are some breaks and losses to corners and edges. The smaller, inner frame is smooth and water gilded, with a little wear to the gilded surface.
~ Dimensions ~
Size of painted board: 18″ (46cm) long by 11.5″ (39cm) high
Size of frame (max. dimensions): 26″ (65cm) long by 20″ (51cm) high by 2.5″ (7cm) deep
Diagonal: 32″ (82cm)
For further details, close-ups and condition, please see images.