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Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, 1742 - 1811. Statesman
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Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, 1742 - 1811. Statesman 1770

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
No one in late eighteenth century Scotland was as powerful as Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville. Trained as a lawyer, Dundas moved speedily into politics. Solicitor-General at twenty-four, Lord Advocate at thirty-three, Dundas became the 'intimate friend and trusted lieutenant' of the British prime minister, William Pitt. He controlled Scottish elections and patronage and was widely known as 'Harry the Ninth, the uncrowned King of Scotland'.

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  • Acc. No. PG 2745
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 50.25 x 40.00 in.; 127.60 x 101.60 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 1988