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 Giles, James William (British printmaker 1801-1870) , William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen

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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
Date Latest 1870
Signed yes
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
Author David Taylor
 

 

 

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