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John Erskine, Earl of Mar: 4176

Object information

Current Location: In storage


John Erskine, Earl of Mar


Draughtsman: Smith, John
Painter: Kneller, Godfrey, baronet (After)




Half-length portrait for Smith's own mezzotint of the same man (CS 159), which was engraved to be printed in the same direction as the drawing (and Kneller's painting). Erskine's head, wig and neckcloth are executed in chalk and wash, while his armour is delineated in ink. The drawing is encricled by a single ink line with a handwritten title underneath.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1940) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century
Production date: before AD 1703

School or Style


Components of the work

Image Height 298 mm Width 238 mm
Sheet Height 373 mm Width 274 mm

Techniques used in production

Pen and ink : Grey wash over black chalk
Grey wash
Black chalk

Identification numbers

Accession number: 4176
Primary reference Number: 157284
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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