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James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton, 1702 - 1768, and his family

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James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton, 1702 - 1768, and his family 1740

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The Earl of Morton was both rich and learned; he was President of the Royal Society in London, a member of the Académie Française, and one of the first Trustees of the British Museum. This portrait was commissioned for the family's new house at Dalmahoy, not far from Edinburgh. The Earl is seen with his first wife, Agatha Halyburton, and their children. Sholto, aged seven, holds a bow and arrow, James, aged four, is still dressed in skirts, and three-year old Mary proudly displays her carved wooden doll. The eldest daughter, Frances, on the left, died shortly before the picture was completed, and baby George, on his mother's lap, did not survive childhood.

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Académie Français

The French Academy, founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu to act as the official authority of the French language.

Royal Society

The Royal Society of London was founded in 1660. Members met to witness scientific experiments and discuss the latest news in the field; the Society became an academy of scientists when members were elected as a result of their scientific research.

Académie Français , Royal Society


  • Acc. No. PG 2233
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 241.30 x 284.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1974