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Oil painting - The Waefu' Heart
  • The Waefu' Heart
    Duncan, Thomas ARA, RSA, born 1807 - died 1845
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The Waefu' Heart

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1841 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Duncan, Thomas ARA, RSA, born 1807 - died 1845 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

Duncan lived in Edinburgh and specialised in Scottish subjects. The title means 'the woeful heart' in Scots. It was exhibited with lines from a traditional ballad, ‘Auld Robin Gray’. After marrying a wealthy older man, the heroine of the tale was heartbroken when her long-lost lover returned.

Physical description

Oil on panel depicting a woman seated before a fireplace with a sheepdog. Signed and dated by the artist.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1841 (painted)


Duncan, Thomas ARA, RSA, born 1807 - died 1845 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'Thos Duncan Pinxt 1841'
Signed and dated by the artist in red, lower left


Height: 77.4 cm estimate, Width: 59.6 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil on panel entitled The Waefu' Heart (Lady Anne Lindsay, 'Auld Robin Gray') by Thomas Duncan. Great Britain, 1841.

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

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 72-73
Evans, Mark et al. Vikutoria & Arubāto Bijutsukan-zō : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Japan : Brain Trust, 2002

Production Note

dated 1841


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Dog; Fireplace; Interior


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