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Archibald, 1st Duke of Argyll
  • L. Bourdin (active between: 1691 - 1716)
  • Archibald, 1st Duke of Argyll
  • France
  • 1693
  • Miniature
  • Painted on vellum laid on prepared card
  • Image size: 8.4 x 6.8 cm
    Frame size: 11.9 x 10.2 cm
    Overall size: 13 x 10.2 cm, with hook
  • Signature: 'L. Bourdin 1693' Silverpoint
    Label: 'Sulla Pittura / retro Sott / L. Bourdin / 1693 / Duke of Argyll' Ink, Duke of Argyll in another hand
    Inscription: '303'
  • M29
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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Further Reading
  • The sitter, who has long brown hair (or wig) and brown eyes, wears seventeenth-century armour with a white cravat and blue cloak. The miniature is painted on vellum laid on prepared card. It is signed and dated on the back in silverpoint ‘L. Bourdin, 1693’; Bourdin (active 1691-1716) painted miniatures of snuff-box lids in 1715 and 1716. An inscription written in another hand on the back of the frame identifies the sitter as the Duke of Argyll. The sitter’s identity has been confirmed by its resemblance to engraved portraits of the duke. Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl and 1st Duke of Argyll was restored in 1690 to the titles and estates which his father had forfeited on conviction for treason in 1681. The refusal of the MacDonalds to submit to his rule led to the massacre of Glencoe in 1692. His daughter Caroline married General Henry Seymour-Conway, younger brother of the 1st Marquess of Hertford, which may explain the presence of this miniature in the collection.