Brightwells Spring Two Day Fine Art Sale - Day 2 - Thursday 23rd March 2017
SIR GEORGE REID RSA (1841-1913)
Portrait study of Professor John Stuart Blackie,
and shoulders, wearing a dark coat
oil on canvas, painted oval
12 x 10 in (30.5 x 25.4cm)
Professor John Stuart Blackie (1809-1895) was a Scottish Scholar and Man of letters. He became the first Professor of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen before moving to Edinburgh University in 1852 to become Professor of Greek there.
An earlier portrait of Professor Blackie by Sir George Reid (dateable to 1870) is in the collection of the University of Aberdeen. A further portrait is in the collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery. A three-quarter length portrait of the same sitter (dateable to 1873) is at the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh