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Oil painting - A Man Smoking
  • A Man Smoking
    Andrew Geddes, born 1783 - died 1844
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A Man Smoking

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, uk (painted)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Andrew Geddes, born 1783 - died 1844 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Oil on panel depicting a seated man in an armoured breast-plate smoking a small white pipe, with a servant offering him a drink on a tray in the background

Place of Origin

Great Britain, uk (painted)


early 19th century (painted)


Andrew Geddes, born 1783 - died 1844 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel


Height: 38.1 cm estimate, Width: 30.5 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'A Man Smoking' by Andrew Geddes. Great Britain, ca. early 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 109
The following is the full entry of the text:
"GEDDES, Andrew, ARA (1783-1844)

Born Edinburgh 5 April 1783, the son of a customs official and collector of prints. Educated as a classicist at Edinburgh Royal High School and University, and from 1803 worked as a clerk in the Excise Office. After his father's death, he went to London 1806, and entered the RA Schools with Sir David Wilkie. Returned to Edinburgh 1808, worked 1810-14 as a portrait painter, but soon after settled in London. Exhibited 100 works, mostly portraits, at the RA between 1806 and 1845, 28 (mainly landscapes) at the BI 1818--42, and 15 at the RSA 1836-45. He held a one-man show of 70 works in Edinburgh in 1821. Visited Paris 1814 to study in the Louvre, Italy 1828-30, and Holland 1839. Elected ARA 1832. Mainly known for his portraits, but also for 'fancy' pictures, religious paintings (he painted an altarpiece of the 'Ascension' for the church of St James, Garlick Hill, London ECl) and copies of old masters. He was also an accomplished etcher, particularly landscapes in the style of Rembrandt. Married 1827 Adela, daughter of the miniature painter Nathaniel Plimer. Died Berners Street, London, 5 May 1844. A posthumous sale of his work and collection was at Christie's 8 April 1845. His self-portrait of about 1815 is in the SNPG.

LIT: [Adela Geddes, the artist's widow] Memoir of the late Andrew Geddes Esq. ARA 1844; Art Union 1844, pp291-2 (obit); D Laing Etchings by Sir David Wilkie and by Andrew Geddes ARA with Biographical Sketches Edinburgh 1875; R Brydall Art in Scotland 1889, p232; C Dodgson 'The Etchings of Andrew Geddes' Walpole Society V, 1915-17, pp19-45; W Martin 'Andrew Geddes, ARA', Connoisseur 1935, pp334-8

A Man Smoking
FA75 Neg E29
Panel, 38.1 x 30.5 cm (15 x 12 ins)
Sheepshanks Gift 1857

Not identifiable with any exhibited work, and clearly influenced by, if not a copy of, 17th-century Dutch painting in the 'guardroom' genre. Possibly commissioned by Sheepshanks from the artist; they were friends, probably from 1826 (see FA26, p110). Geddes visited Holland in 1839."


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Smoking; Drinking; Smokers


Paintings; Smoking accessories; Drinking; Scotland

Collection code


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