|Title||William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen|
|Collection||National Trust for Scotland (Fyvie Castle)|
|Artist|| Giles, James William (British printmaker 1801-1870)
After Flemish School
|Date Earliest||about 1826|
|Description||James Giles's portrait of William Elphinstone (1431-1514) is a copy of a Flemish portrait painted about 1505. Elphinstone was Bishop of Aberdeen from 1483 and Lord High Chancellor from 1488. He founded King's College, Aberdeen, in 1495.
Elphinstone is shown praying and wearing his episcopal cope, fastened with a jewelled morse, and a mitre, with a crozier in the crook of his left arm. In the background there is a view of Aberdeen seen through a window, with Elphinstone's family coat-of-arms in front, with the motto Non Confundar (not to put into disorder) on a scroll.
|Current Accession Number||Pending|
|Inscription||front lc 'WILHELMUS ELPHINSTONE EPS. ABERDON. MAG. CANCEL. SCOTIĆ/ UNIVER. ET COLL. REG. ABERD. FUNDATOR. NAT. 1431. OB. 1514.'|
|Subject||portrait (Elphinstone, William, Bishop of Aberdeen)|
|Measurements||76.2 x 63.5 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on panel|
|Acquisition Details||Purchased from the Forbes-Leith family 1984.|
|Provenance||By descent in the Gordon and later Forbes-Leith families.|
|Notes||Of the many extant portraits of this type, the prime version would appear to be the picture in the Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen. The date range given for the portrait acknowledges the period between James Giles's return from Italy and his death.|
|Rights Owner||National Trust for Scotland|