The Ballad of Old Robin Gray by Sir William Allan

This painting is based upon the lines of the poem Auld Robin Gray written in 1771 by Lady Anne Lindsay and is a prime example of Allan at the height of his historical painting.


Oil on panel;
65 x 92 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,088 ( Total: £12,350)
Acquired in:

Set in a humble domestic setting Robin Gray is seated on the right with his dog whilst on the left stand Jennie and her family. Just as the poem states, Jennie's father urges her to accept Gray's proposal while her sombre mother studies her daughters resigned contemplation the moment before her father gives away her hand.


Sothebys Gleneagles, 2003.

Venue details

King's Museum University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen Town House, High Street, ABERDEEN Aberdeenshire AB24 3EE 01224 274330

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