This is a very large fine mid-19th century oil on canvas full length portrait of The Daughters of Robert Napier (the famous Victorian engineer) gathered around a piano in an elegant Baronial interior by the eminent Scottish painter Sir Daniel Macnee PRSA (1806-1882). The painting is inscribed extensively on the stretcher verso with details of the artist and sitters.


As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.


Sir Daniel Macnee was a leading Scottish portrait painter of the mid-19th century. Macnee was a pupil of the famous Scottish landscape painter John Knox, alongside Horatio McCulloch and William Leitch. In 1829 he was admitted to the Royal Scottish Academy and established a studio in Glasgow where he painted portraits of wealthy merchants, pioneering industrialists, aristocrats and even Queen Victoria. In 1876 he was elected President of the Royal Scottish Academy and knighted by Queen Victoria.


Dimensions: (framed) 144cm x 115cm (56½” x 45¼”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 128cm x 102cm (50¼” x 40”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Fine new Louis XV style swept frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s finest period frame makers.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang. We do not sell dirty, damaged or unframed works of art.

Conservation: The oil paintings well sell are where necessary cleaned and restored by John Malcolm of Fine Art Restorations (est.1974), a third-generation picture restorer with 40 years’ experience.

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