Mrs. Richard Alexander Oswald (Louisa Johnston, ?born about 1760, died 1797)

Sir Henry Raeburn British, Scottish

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The portrait was painted about a year after the sitter’s marriage in 1793 to Richard Alexander Oswald. In praise of her beauty, the Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote a song, "O, Wat ye Wha’s in Yon Town." The setting sun brilliantly illuminates the sky through a screen of tree trunks and foliage, a device Raeburn favored in the mid-1790s. The subject is shown seated outdoors holding a book, lost in thought.

Mrs. Richard Alexander Oswald (Louisa Johnston, ?born about 1760, died 1797), Sir Henry Raeburn (British, Stockbridge, Scotland 1756–1823 Edinburgh, Scotland), Oil on canvas

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