Circle of John Hayter (1800-1891)
Lot 117 Details
Circle of John Hayter (1800-1891), British
PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM ALEXANDER MACKINNON SEATED THREE-QUARTER LENGTH (BRITISH POLITICIAN, BORN 1789-DIED 1878)
Oil on canvas; titled to the nameplate
55" x 43" — 139.7 x 109.2 cm.
Private Collection, from a residence in Hamilton, Ontario;
From whom acquired by the present Private Collection when they purchased the house in circa 2000
British artist John Hayter executed a portrait of William Alexander Mackinnon, MP of Britain, standing that was later engraved.
Mackinnon wrote three books, "Thoughts on the Currency Question", “Public Opinion" and "The History of Civilization". The last two titles the sitter wrote are depicted in the painting. He holds a letter addressed to him.