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I have a strong suspicion that this is a portrait of Dr Laurence Edmondston (1795-1879), not his brother Arthur. It looks very like the photo of LE in late middle age in Laughton Johnston's Victorians 60o North, p.209. See what LJ has to say about this portrait on p.53 of his book. --Brian 11:25, 12 July 2010 (MDT)
- Well, it that case it is the Shetland Museum and Archives that is totally wrong with their informatons on the picture.....Just click on the image, and you will see what I mean. But that has happened before.
--Oddrun 11:56, 12 July 2010 (MDT)
The line drawing on the page looks awfully like the basis of this painting, which is also captioned as Arthur Edmondston, or at least that both are images from the same sittings. Is this painting not in the Museum collection, and available to help make a positive I.D. one way or another from?
Ghostrider 12:05, 12 July 2010 (MDT)
I think the problem is that 'Dr' Edmondston was simply assumed to be Dr Arthur - whereas there were several docs in the family. As Laughton points out, Arthur was an old and ill man when Irvine made the sketch - while the subject is relatively young. --Brian 15:04, 12 July 2010 (MDT)
- Fair point. Assuming the dates quoted in the caption of the painting are accurate, its supposedly depicting a man no younger than 56, and its difficult to see 56 years in the face it shows.
- It probably should come down until the I.D. of the subject is better confirmed.
- Ghostrider 15:23, 12 July 2010 (MDT)
I've added a link to a pdf download of those 2 volumes - they have been available for some time now on the Internet Archive site. There are several other Shetland / zetland books available for free download there also. --Kozetland1 16:48, 12 July 2010 (MDT)