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Allan M'Aulay
  • Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863)
  • Allan M'Aulay
  • France
  • 1823
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 64.7 x 54.7 cm
    Object size: 90.5 x 79.5 x 12 cm
  • Signature: 'H. Vernet / 1823'
  • P606
  • West Gallery II
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1824 where works by British artists made a considerable impact. The subject is derived from chapter V of Walter Scott’s novel 'A Legend of Montrose' (1819), though it does not illustrate an episode described in the text. Allan M’Aulay holds the severed head of Hector, one of a clan of Highland bandits called the 'Children of the Mist'. He had sought revenge for the barbarous murder of his uncle. Scott, with Byron, was the most popular source in contemporary British literature for younger French painters in the 1820s (see also Cogniet, 'Rebecca and Brian de Bois-Guilbert', P279). Vernet visited Britain, but it is not known if he ever went to Scotland.