German School, circa 1730
Arthur Elphinstone, 6th Baron Balmerinoch (1688-1746), wearing silver edged scarlet coat, white waistcoat, chemise and stock, his curled and powdered wig tied with black ribbon, his black tricorn hat edged with silver and tucked under his left arm.
Watercolour on vellum, ebonised and turned wood frame with gilded inner border, the reverse inscribed Arthur/ Elphinstone/ Lord Balmerino/ Beheaded on Tower Hill/ for his attachment to/ the Stuart Family/ 18 August 1746./ aged 58.
Oval, 50mm (1 15/16in) high
Provenance: Bonhams, London, 25 November 1998, lot 18.