Sir Ralph Anstruther by Sir William Orpen (1930).
For auction 6th Sept 2023 at Lyon and Turnbull UK (see link below).
Lot 281. Estimate: £3,000 – £5,000.
Signed, oil on canvas. 102cm x 86.5cm.
Sir Ralph William Anstruther 6th Baronet (1858-1934).
HM Lieutenant of Fife, 1923. Convener of Fife, 1906-1930.
Proprietor of estates of Balcaskie, Fife, Watten, Caithness.
Hon. Col 6_7 (Fife and Perthshire) Battalion. The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).
Born London, 5 July 1858; eldest son of Sir Robert Anstruther
of Balcaskie, 5th Bt; married 1886, Mildred Harriet, CBE,
daughter of Edward Hussey, of Scotney Castle, Kent; three daughters.
Eton; RMA, Woolwich.
Entered RE 1877; served in Egyptian Expedition, 1882 (medal
and clasp, and Khedive’s bronze star); Bechuanaland Expedition,
1884-1885; retired, 1890; Volunteer and Territorial Force
(Black Watch), 1890-1913; on Home Service, 1915-1918; French
Legion of Honour; TD; LLD St Andrews University.
Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, 1891.
Grandson Ralph Hugo, born 13 June 1921.
Died 30 September 1934.
N.B. Orpen was paid £2,500 for the painting in 1930 (over 240,000 Euro today).
Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Archives.