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Lady Honyman and her Family

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Lady Honyman and her Family About 1790


  • Scottish Art
Lady Honyman was born Mary MacQueen, the daughter of the notorious judge, Lord Braxfield. She married Sir William Honyman, a judge who later became Lord Armadale, in 1777. Here she is depicted by the artist Alexander Nasmyth with her children in this conversation piece. Nasmyth had established himself as the leading landscape painter in Edinburgh by the time this portrait was painted.

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Conversation piece

A portrait group, usually comprising several figures from the same family or group of friends engaged in everyday pursuits. This form of painting was particularly popular in 18th century England.

Conversation piece


  • Acc. No. PG 2303
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 111.20 x 151.20 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Miss C.H.E.F. Wilson-MacQueen 1975