About this artwork

This tender and beautifully painted portrait celebrates the family of one of de Colone’s most significant Scottish patrons, George Seton, 3rd Earl of Winton.

Winton, a prominent royalist, was a crucial figure in establishing de Colone’s identity and career in Scotland. Between 10 February and 29 July 1628, Winton recorded payments in his accounts to ‘Adame the painter’ for a number of portraits, including £40 for his own portrait. This painting made in 1625 appears to be an earlier example of Winton’s patronage of the artist.

The sumptuous tones of the lavish costumes and delicate painting techniques used for the flesh of the faces were fully revealed during a recent conservation treatment. The treatment carried out in the NGS conservation studio was filmed and can be viewed at the end of the exhibition.

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  • title:
    George Seton, 8th Lord Seton and 3rd Earl of Winton, 1584 - 1650. Royalist (With his sons, George, Lord Seton, 1613 - 1648 and Alexander, 1st Viscount Kingston, 1620 - 1691. Royalists)
  • accession number:
    PG 3656
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1625
  • measurements:
    113.00 x 83.80 cm (framed: 137.00 x 106.80 x 9.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2010.

Adam de Colone

Adam de Colone