About this artwork

The youngest son of Sir John Inglis of Cramond, Charles entered the navy at around the age of fourteen and served with distinction against both the French and Spaniards between 1757 and 1782. Settling nearing Edinburgh in 1783, he saw no further service in the navy but was promoted to rear-admiral a year before his death. Originally painted in about 1783, this portrait showed Inglis wearing the full dress uniform of a captain with his right hand resting on a cannon. However, presumably at the request of a member of the Inglis family, around four years after the sitter’s death Raeburn repainted the portrait to show him in the dress uniform of a rear-admiral - including gold epaulettes which were only introduced in 1795.

  • title: Rear-Admiral Charles Inglis, c 1731 - 1791. Sailor
  • accession number: PG 1567
  • artist: Sir Henry RaeburnScottish (1756 - 1823)
  • depicted: Charles Inglis
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Military and naval
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1783 / 1795
  • measurements: 125.70 x 104.10 cm (framed: 145.70 x 126.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • credit line: Sir John Douglas Don-Wauchope Bequest 1951
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Sir Henry Raeburn

Sir Henry Raeburn

Originally apprenticed to a goldsmith, Henry Raeburn 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.