About this artwork

The room seen here was furnished to be a library and a study when Bute House in Edinburgh's Charlotte Square became the residence of the Secretary of State for Scotland in 1970. The seven men depicted in this watercolour were all Secretaries of State for Scotland in the thirty year period from 1979. Lord Ross died well before this group portrait was painted, but he was included at the suggestion of the other sitters. He appears in a photograph on the mantelpiece. Bute House is now home to the First Minister.

Updated before 2020

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Harry More Gordon

Harry More Gordon