Vintage Tartan Portraiture - Fine Art

Browse a gallery of paintings with an emphasis on women and children.

 Four Children Playacting as Macbeth and the Three Witches Copy Copy

"Four Children Playacting as Macbeth and the Three Witches", John Westbrooke Chandler, 1764-1804/5 (Edinburgh) The oil sketch for this portrait is at Belton House near Grantham in Lincolnshire, which was the seat of the Brownlow and Cust family. The children depicted have traditionally been thought to be Cust children and were probably the four elder daughters of the second marriage of the 1st Baron Brownlow. Originally exhibited at the London Academy of Art, 1787 Private auction

Die Kinder von Eduard von Nostiz und Jänckendorf

Die Kinder von Eduard von Nostiz und Jänckendorf, Gustav Adolph Hennig,, circa 1830

Lady with Purple Shawl

Watercolor Portrait of a Lady Standing in a Garden Setting with Tartan Shawl and Beside a Stone Plinth with Urn, Ann Wyke, 1861

 Portrait of Harriet Williamina Stuart Forbers

Scottish school, 19th century - Portrait of a girl with a tartan sash, probably a member of the Maunsell-Eyre family

Girl with Tartan Sash

Portrait of Harriet Williamina Stuart Forbers, George Yeats, 1852

Portrait of a Young Lady

Portrait of a Young Lady by Ann Hall (1792-1863, American) 1821

Woman in Tartan Dress with Hymnal and Ship

English Provincial School, 19th Century - Portrait of a lady, half-length, in a tartan dress, a hymn book on her lap and a ship in full sail beyond

Scottish Showgirl Dressing Room

"Showgirl in Scottish Costume in her Dressing Room," Isaac Israels (1865-1934) Isaac Lazarus Israëls was a Dutch painter associated with the Amsterdam Impressionism movement.

Man in a Kilt

Man in a Kilt, Cape Cod artist Martha Cahoon, 1981

A Tinker Lass

Robert Hope (1869-1936), "A Tinker Lass"

Girl in a Tartan Shawl

Girl in a Tartan Shawl, Walter Langley, 1878

The Last Evening

"The Last Evening" by James Tissot (1873), from a series of paintings of a sea voyage, most of which feature the same tartan blanket and in this case, a checked gown. According to curators of this painting, featured in the Guildhall Art Gallery as part of their "Victorians Decoded" exhibition, this work illustrates communication that cannot be decoded, glances that can’t be explained, eye-lines that don’t line up. Everyone in this painting is trying to say something without saying it directly, and mostly, failing. The criss-cross of cabling and rigging at the top of the painting are allusions to the telegraph cables that had been placed under the Atlantic less than a decade before this painting was made.

Child with Tartan Sash and Hobby Horse

Unidentified Artist

A Young Highlandman Huntsman

A Young Highlandman Huntsman, David Emile Joseph de Noter (1825–1892)

Jeannie and Jamie

Jeannie and Jamie (in reverse order), oft reproduced paintings by Ann Allaben from the 1940s. She was known primarily for her charming portraits of children and babies.

Young Girl Straw Hat - American School

Full length portrait of a young girl wearing a red plaid dress, seated in a landscape with straw hat and flowers, 19th century, American School

The MacDonald's Lassie

"The MacDonald's Lassie" by Rex Woods (1903-1987) Rex Woods painted one of the most iconic Canadian images of the twentieth century, The Macdonald's Lassie, used for decades by Macdonald Tobacco on their Export "A" brand of cigarettes.

Child with Tartan Sash and Hobby Horse

British School portrait of a child wearing a Scottish tartan sash standing beside a hobby horse Auction notes: The sitter is depicted in a forest setting. The stretchers are covered with remnants of “The Daily Telegraph,” April 3, 1863.

Woman Sketching in A Landscape

Woman Sketching in a Landscape, Barthélemy Vieillevoye, 1798 - 1855

The Blue Plaid Dress (Annie)

The Blue Plaid Dress (Annie) by Robert Henri (1865-1929) Robert Henri was an American painter and teacher. He was a leading figure of the Ashcan School of American realism and an organizer of the group known as "The Eight," a loose association of artists who protested the restrictive exhibition practices of the powerful, conservative National Academy of Design.

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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