Reverend Robert Walker by Sir Henry Raeburn button badge

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2.5 cm (diameter)

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2.5 cm single button badge featuring, Reverend Robert Walker skating on Duddingston Loch by Sir Henry Raeburn, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

This enamel pin badge is made by coating the metal backed pins with glass enamel and then firing them in a kiln. The result is a vibrant and highly detailed pin badge that will be the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.

This serene skater has become one the most iconic paintings in the National Galleries of Scotland collection. The figure in the painting is Reverend Robert Walker, minister of the Canongate Kirk and member of the Edinburgh Skating Society. The club - the oldest of its kind in Britain - usually met on the frozen lochs of Duddingston or Lochend on the outskirts of Edinburgh. This small picture, showing a figure in action, is quite unlike other known portraits by Raeburn. The painting is commonly known as The Skating Minister.

Originally apprenticed to a goldsmith, Henry Raeburn (1756 - 1823) showed enormous artistic talent as a young man. In 1784 he moved to London where he met the important portrait painter Joshua Reynolds. He spent some time in Italy but returned to Edinburgh in 1787 where he began painting portraits of the rich, famous, and important people of his day. He was in constant demand and received many honours: in 1822 he was knighted when the King visited Edinburgh. Sir Henry Raeburn died a year later.