David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, 1742 - 1829. Antiquary
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David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, 1742 - 1829. Antiquary 1781
  • Scottish Art
The eccentric and patriotic 11th Earl of Buchan founded the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1780. The Society's purpose was to safeguard national heritage, preserving artefacts and archaeological material relevant to Scottish history. Its collections now form part of the holdings of the Royal Museum of Scotland. The Earl commissioned this drawing from Brown along with portraits of all the other founder members of the Society.

Glossary Open

Antiquity

A general term for the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome. Also used as a general term to describe something very old.

Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Antiquity, Commission

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 3596
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 127.60 x 102.20cm (framed: 65.40 x 28.57 x 2.540 cm)
  • Credit Gifted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2009