Scottish Highlander

Object Number: 
1938.323
Date: 
1824
Medium: 
Red, yellow, black and green painted and carved wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 46 3/4 x 13 x 10 1/4 in. ( 118.7 x 33 x 26 cm )
Marks: 
Carved in wood at lower left: "W. Allan / Sculp / 1824"
Description: 
Carved and painted male figure in Scottish Highland dress, including kilt, sporran, and argyle socks, and wearing headdress of tobacco leaves. Figure stasnds on rocky base and holds a snuff pouch in his left hand.
Gallery Label: 
The Highlander, typically associated with snuff, was a common type of English shop figure during the nineteenth century. Charles Dickens described one in his novel Little Dorrit: "The business was of too modest a character to support a life-sized Highlander, but it maintained a little one on a bracket on the door-post, who looked like a fallen Cherub that had found it necessary to take to a kilt." The size of this example suggests it was intended to be placed on a counter rather than in front of a shop.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group