About this artwork

Lord Seton is portrayed in the magnificent clothes he wore at the wedding of Mary Queen of Scots and the French Dauphin in April 1558. His baton is that of the Master of the Queen's household, a position he held in 1561, at the age of 27. The portrait was, however, painted later, in the 1570s, the date in the second inscription at the base of the column. Seton was a loyal supporter of the Queen, and acknowledged favourably by her son James VI and I. The coat of arms at the top right is a later addition.

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  • artist:
    Unknown
  • title:
    George, 5th Lord Seton (about 1531 - 1585), aged 27
  • date created:
    1570s
  • attributed to:
  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    120.00 x 105.70 cm (framed: 139.80 x 126.60 x 8.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Sir Theophilus Biddulph 1948; received 1965
  • accession number:
    NG 2274
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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