Allan Ramsay Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck 1754

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Artist
Allan Ramsay 1713–1784
Title
Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck
Date 1754
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 635 mm
frame: 876 x 750 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968
Reference
T01049
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

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Alexander Boswell (1706-82) succeeded as 8th Laird of Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1749. Like his father, Boswell studied law in the Dutch city of Leiden. In 1754 he was made a Lord of Session as Lord Auchinleck, becoming a judge in the highest court in Scotland. This portrait was commissioned to mark that event and shows him wearing the traditional red judge’s robes. It was painted in Edinburgh by Allan Ramsay, the leading portrait painter in Scotland at that time. Lord Auchinleck’s eldest son was James Boswell, the companion and biographer of Dr Johnson.

October 2013

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