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.