Alexander III of Scotland rescued from the Fury of a Stag by Benjamin West

This vast painting illustrates the legend from the history of the Clan Mackenzie.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas Dimensions: 368 x 522 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £575,627)
Acquired in:
1988
Vendor:
Sotheby's

Alexander III of Scotland was out hunting with Colin Fitzgerald, founder of the Clan. The King was attacked by a stag and saved by Fitzgerald who killed the stag by spearing the beast through the forehead. In gratitude Alexander granted Fitzgerald the lands of Kintail in Ross and the McKenzie armorial bearings show a stag bleeding from the forehead.

Provenance

Commissioned by Francis Humberston Mackenzie (1745-1815) later Viscount Seaforth & Baron Mackenzie of Kintall; remained in the Mackenzie family seat, Brahan Castle until demolished in 1952; lent to Fortrose Town Council by Madeline, Countess of Seaforth.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

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