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Lieut-Colonel Bryce McMurdo is shown here in rural contentment, on the banks of a misty Highland stream, pursuing the joys of fishing – in his hat are wallets for storing tackle for both coarse and fly fishing. The picture is typical of Raeburn’s broad and forceful style which has been associated with the ‘commonsense’ values espoused by the social and intellectual elite of Scotland and which made him the leading portrait painter of his generation in Scotland.

February 2016