About this artwork

Commander-in-chief of the forces in Scotland, Lord Adam Gordon was the fourth son of the 2nd Duke of Gordon. After seeing active service in France and the Americas he became Member of Parliament for Kincardine. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief for Scotland in 1782 and took up his residence in the Palace of Holyrood house. In 1796 he became governor of Edinburgh Castle. This unfinished portrait was painted in 1799 and it is typical of the preliminary studies that Danloux produced for larger compositions.

  • title:
    Lord Adam Gordon, c 1726 - 1801. General; Commander of forces in Scotland 1782 - 1798.
  • accession number:
    PG 192
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    Dated 1799
  • measurements:
    27.00 x 22.00 cm (framed: 35.70 x 30.50 x 6.40 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1887

Henri-Pierre Danloux

Henri-Pierre Danloux

A society portrait painter in his native France, Danloux's career was interrupted by the French Revolution. He moved to London where he exhibited portraits and history paintings at the Royal Academy. A commission to paint the exiled French heir to the throne at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, brought Danloux to Scotland in 1796. This visit gave the artist an introduction to the Scottish aristocracy resulting in numerous portrait commissions. He returned to France in 1801.