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    Sale 5936

    The Country House Sale - Property of the 14th Earl of Kintore & The Collection of the Late Bernard Lyons, C.B.E.

    18 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 15


    Price Realised  


    Portrait of George Keith, 10th Earl Marischal (1692-1778), half-length, dressed in armour, a staff in his right hand
    oil on canvas
    38½ x 29½ in. (98 x 75 cm.)

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    George, 10th Earl Marischal was a Scottish and Prussian army officer and diplomat. A Jacobite, and last Earl Marischal, he was attained for treason for supporting James II in the rising of 1715 and led the abortive Spanish Jacobite expedition to Scotland in 1719. His appointment by his friend Friedrich II, King of Prussia (Frederick the Great) as Prussian ambassador at Paris caused considerable ill-feeling in England. When ambassador at Madrid in 1758, he informed the English government of Spanish plans to go to war. His loyalty was rewarded by King George II who pardoned Marischal, allowing him to return to his native Scotland and succeed to his estates which included the family seat of Keith Hall, Aberdeenshire. In 1764 he was recalled to Prussia by Friedrich II, where he remained until his death in Potsdam in 1778.
    There are several known versions of the present portrait, including those in the Collections of Major J. Drummond-Moray, Abercairny House, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. For a detailed discussion, see J. Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, London, 1977, pp. 182-183.

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    Aberdeen Art Gallery, 1859, no. 105 (as Trevisani).
    Aberdeen, National Portrait Exhibition, 1867, no. 206.