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
Lot 25
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
Sold for £750 (US$ 1,225) inc. premium

Lot Details
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.

Footnotes

  • Arthur Elphinstone was the only child of John, 4th Lord Balmerinoch (1652-1736) by his second wife, Anne Ross (d.1712). After the Battle of Sheriffmuir (1715), the younger Balmerinoch threw up his commission from the government and joined the opposition. With other Jacobite leaders he escaped to the Continent, where he remained until 1733. It was during this period away from England, that the present miniature is most likely to have been executed. Upon his return to England, Balmerinoch joined Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1720-1788) in Scotland and was appointed Colonel and Captain of the 2nd Troop of Life Guards. After the Battle of Culloden (1746), Balmerinoch was captured and handed over to the Duke of Cumberland, whereupon he was committed to the Tower. Horace Walpole was present at his trial and states that Balmerinoch impressed him 'as the most natural brave old gentleman he had ever seen' and at the bar 'he behaved himself like a soldier and a man'.
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