I found this portrait in Rankins Portfolio under Beauty, this image inspired a whole experiment that i did using cut out paper templates to imitate His work. I loved doing these photographs and i really liked the end result. I did them digitally and used photo shop to edit them after I had finished.
This portrait of John Campbell is an important early depiction of Highland dress. The elaborate costume and landscape background indicate the status of the young sitter, who was heir to one of the great Highland families, the Campbells of Glenorchy. John Campbell was born in London and educated in Oxford. From 1720 until 1729 he was a diplomat at the Danish court in Copenhagen and in 1731 he became ambassador to Russia. Campbell was also an elected MP. He succeeded his father as Earl of…
Cawdor Castle, Nairn - Parts of Cawdor date back to the 14th century. The castle became part of the Campbell "empire" when Muriel Calder, heiress to the castle, was kidnapped at the age of 12 and married to the Earl of Argyll's son, Sir John Campbell in 1511. A ghost wearing a blue velvet dress has been reported in the castle though no-one can say whether this is Muriel Calder.
John Campbell of the Bank, (c.1703-1777), 1749, Banker and businessman, by William Mosman. In this portrait, Campbell wears a tartan kilt and jacket, a revealing choice just 2 years after parliament banned the wearing of Highland dress in Scotland. With sword, pistols and dirk, the banker presents himself as a warrior chieftain in the tradition of his ancestors.