James Pullar was a Dundee baker who in his will bequeathed a significant part of his wealth to Dundee Royal Infirmary (DRI), as well as to ‘the Kirk Session, the Nine Trades and for the education of ten poor boys of the name of Pullar’. This portrait, along with the companion one of his wife, hung at DRI until it closed in 1998. Although the artist is unknown, they were exhibited in the Albert Institute at the Old Dundee exhibition of 1892–1893 under the name ‘J McD’.
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commissioned by Dundee Royal Infirmary; transferred to Tayside Medical History Museum, 1998