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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 65

    DAVID MARTIN (SCOTTISH, 1737-1797)

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    DAVID MARTIN (SCOTTISH, 1737-1797)
    Portrait of John Hume of Ninewells (1709-1786), half-length, in a brown waistcoat and coat
    oil on canvas
    30¼ x 24¾ in. (77 x 63 cm.)


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    John Hume of Ninewells was the elder brother of the eminent Scottish philosopher and historian, David Hume (1711-1776). The Humes of Ninewells are linked to the Barons Falconer through the marriage of Catherine Falconer (b.1683), younger sister of David, 5th Baron Falconer (1681-1751), to Joseph Hume of Ninewells (1680-1713).
    James Boswell (1740-1795), lawyer and diarist best known for his biography of Samuel Johnson, described John Hume after meeting him in 1762 as "a sensible good man, who reads more than usual...Very different from his brother.".
    Another version of the present portrait is in the Collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

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