About this artwork

Seen here in his robes of the Order of the Thistle, Melfort had been described as 'one of the handsomest men of his time, an accomplished dancer and of an active, undertaking temper'. Like King James VII, Melfort and his brother, James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth converted to Catholicism and they virtually ruled Scotland on James's behalf. When James went into exile the brothers followed him and in 1695 Melfort was stripped of his titles and land, by William of Orange.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    John Drummond, 1st Earl of Melfort, 1649 - 1714. Secretary of State for Scotland and Jacobite
  • date created:
    1688
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    243.70 x 147.20 cm; Framed: 264.50 x 171.00 x 8.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1928
  • accession number:
    PG 1083
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Sir Godfrey Kneller

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