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  • John Bogle
Commodore George Johnstone, 1730 - 1787. Naval commander and Governor of Western Florida about 1774


  • Scottish Art
Commodore George Johnstone had a mixed career as a naval commander and politician. Governor of Western Florida from 1763, a member of Parliament from 1768, and one of the commissioners appointed to negotiate with the American Colonies in 1778, he had a reputation as a hot-tempered dualist and, although courageous, he seems to have lacked judgement. Although this is a beautifully painted miniature, with meticulously rendered textures, the artist still manages to convey something of Johnstone's rather tricky character.

Glossary Open


A painting or drawing, usually a portrait, on a very small scale. These were popular prior to the invention of photographic portraits in the 19th century.



  • Acc. No. PG 2523
  • Medium Watercolour on ivory
  • Size Height: 9.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1982