The Singing Butler

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Jack Vettriano, The Singing Butler, 1992

The Singing Butler is a 1992 oil-on-canvas painting made by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano in 1992. It sold at auction in 2004 for £744,500 which was the record at the time for any Scottish painting, and for any painting ever sold in Scotland.[1] Reproductions of The Singing Butler make it the best-selling art print in the UK.[1]

The focal subject of The Singing Butler is based on an image of actress Orla Brady posing in her own dress which was published in The Illustrator's Figure Reference Manual (1987) as part of a series of photographic figure studies.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b BBC News 20 April, 2004. Vettriano fetches record price
  2. ^ "Jack, Profile of Orla Brady". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  3. ^ Jones, Sam (4 October 2005). "Vettriano brought to book by illustrator's manual". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 February 2020.