Isabella Douglas


Painting by Horsburgh, 1877, of g.g.g.grandmother of Alaitair Skelton

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Mrs MA.


Signature on the back of a Painting by Horsburgh, 1877, of g.g.g.grandmother of Alaitair Skelton


Isabella Douglas

Alistair Skelton, Auckland, New Zealand, writes:

"I have inherited a Horsburgh painting of my great great great grandmother that was painted in 1877, presumably by Horsburgh senior. The painting is of Isabella Douglas, wife of Robert Storey.

Isabella is a direct descendant of the Black Douglas and apparently used to be able to trace her lineage all the way back to him. Unfortunately, she never wrote it down and it was lost when she died.

In 1910, the Storey family moved to New Zealand from Scotland and the painting came with them. It hung for many years in the house of Margaret Greig in Levin (just north of Wellington in NZ). Margaret was the great granddaughter of Isabella Douglas. In the early 1980's Margaret died and painting was passed firstly to my mother (Margaret's neice) and then to me."

Alistair Skelton, Auckland, New Zealand:  April 13, 2008

Alistair wonders what the approximate value of this painting might be.

If you have any information on the prices that other Horsburgh paintings have fetched in recent years, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Alistair.

Thank you.    - Peter Stubbs:  April 13, 2008



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