Duncan McGregor Whyte (United Kingdom, 1866-1953) oil on canvas portrait of Hugh MacDiarmid. The subject is depicted at about age 70, with bald head and white beard, wearing a gray suit, black bowtie and gold watch chain, and seated in a chair next to a table or desk. Signed lower right "D M'G Whyte 1921". Housed in a giltwood molded frame with floral and rope moldings; lower placard reads "Hugh MacDiarmid Esq./ Factor/Presented by the Inhabitants of Tiree/ for Public Services for over 45 years. 1922". Note: the Archives of Inverary Castle contain 3 letters dated April/May 1899 from artist Duncan MacGregor Whyte, Glasgow, to the Duke of ArgyllÕs factor Hugh McDiarmid, requesting permission to build an artistÕs studio (later known as The Studio) at Balephuil. Sight – 45" H x 36" W. Framed – 53 1/4" H x 44" 1/4" W. Early 20th century. CONDITION: Painting: Overall good condition with an approximately 6" area of miniscule scattered flakes upper left background and a 12" line of miniscule flakes right center background. Some paint wear/rubbing along edges of canvas at frame line. Frame: Chips and small losses to frame; wear to placard. Frame has been regilded.
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