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Donaldson Family Pictures

The four portraits shown below are thought to be of James Donaldson, his wife Elizabeth Ramsey and two of his sons. If this identification is correct, it might suggest these portraits were produced possibly around the period 1820 to 1830. These dates are only a guide and it is possible they were painted a little earlier or later, but they must have been completed by 1838 in which year James Donaldson, Snr. and his wife both died. Another much larger original portrait exists of a young gentleman in a brown top hat, and informed speculation suggests it may be the same young man as shown at the right of this screen. It is also postulated that this similarity could be reason to suspect these images are of John Donaldson, the portrait painter, but this is so far unsubstantiated.


Date last modified: Sat 01 Jun 13