The Wallace Collection

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James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, after Dobson
  • After William Dobson (1611 - 1646)
  • James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, after Dobson
  • England
  • 17th century
  • Miniature
  • Painted on vellum
  • Image size: 7 x 5.4 cm
    Frame size: 7.8 x 6.2 cm
  • Inscription: '· I H ·'
    Label: 'Lord Falkland / killed at the Battle / of Newbury / 1643' In ink
  • M207
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
Further Reading
  • The sitter, who wears armour with a white collar, has been identified as James Graham (1612-50), who became 5th Earl of Montrose in 1626, on the basis of a resemblance to a portrait by William Dobson. He adopted the cause of Charles I against Parliament and was created Marquess of Montrose in 1644. After the King’s defeat he fled to Norway but was captured on his return and executed in Edinburgh.
    The miniature appears to be of 17th-century origin, but the signature of John Hoskins is probably a later addition. It was identified in the Bethnal Green exhibition catalogue of 1870 as a portrait of ‘Lord Falkland/killed in the Battle of Newbury/ 1643.’