Susannah Douglas, Mrs Alexander Murray of Cringletie, d. c 1742
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Susannah Douglas, Mrs Alexander Murray of Cringletie, d. c 1742
  • Scottish Art
Susan Douglas of Mains married Alexander Murray of Cringletie in 1684. This portrait shows her in deep mourning, presumably for her husband, who died in 1720. One of a number of distinctive late seventeenth and early eighteenth century Scottish paintings of widows, it shows her wearing a voluminous white hood with long plain lappets, over a cap with a pleated front which also has long plain lappets left unfastened. The black ribbon of this undercap is tied in a decorative but suitably austere bow. A kerchief conceals the neckline of Mrs Murray's dress. In 1738 the Aberdeen artist William Mosman painted another widow, Mrs Helen Duff of Braco, similarly attired, but with a long white veil rather than a hood. This present portrait may well be by Mosman, who was in Edinburgh in the late 1730s.

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  • Acc. No. PG 2869
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 77.50 x 64.10 cm
  • Credit Given by Mrs Gordon Fyfe 1991