Portrait of Lady Katherine Anne Erskine
Portrait of Lady Katherine Anne Erskine

Studio of SIR JOHN BAPTIST DE MEDINA (1659-1710)

Portrait of Lady Katherine Anne Erskine

c. 1710 England

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Portrait of Lady Katherine Anne Erskine ( 1697-1733), full-length, standing in a landscape, wearing a blue gown with rose coloured cloak, holding a basket of flowers, a parrot perched on the balustrading to her right. Oil on canvas, c. 1710.
Dimensions: 164 x 110.5cm (64.5 x43in)

Lady Katherine Anne Erskine (1697-1733) was the eighth child and eldest daughter of David Erskine, 4th Lord Cardross and later the 9th Earl Buchan (d. 1745) and his wife Francis (nee Browne). She married the Hon William Fraser of Fraserfield MP in 1724. Katherine had one son, William, born in 1725. This portrait was likely to have been purchased by Sir John Ogilvy (9th Baronet d. 1890) or his son, Sir Reginald Ogilvy (10th Baronet d.1910). The Ogilvys had links to the Buchan Earldom, an Ogilvy having married the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Earls of Buchan.

John Baptist DevMedina (1659-1710) was the son of Medina de Caustanais, a Spanish officer and was born in Brussels where he became a pupil of Francois Duchatel. He came to London c.1686 and adapted his style and studio practice to that of Kneller. He illustrated Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' and Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. Under the patronage of the Earl of Melville (later Earl of Leven), of whom he painted around fifteen portraits, he moved with his family to Edinburgh c.1693 where he had an extensive and successful portrait practice. His success as a portraitist in Scotland was almost as great as that of Kneller in England. He specialised in drapery arrangements using the colours of dark rose and blue. His series of portraits in the Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh is the Scottish equivalent to Kneller's Kit-cat series. He was knighted in 1706 and died in Edinburgh in 1710. Among his pupils were Aikman and his eldest son, John Medina (1686-1764).
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By descent through the Ogilvy family, Baronets of Inverquharity, who were related through marriage to the Earls of Buchan. (Katherine was the daughter of the 9th Earl of Buchan).
Ellis Waterhouse 'The Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters' 1988, page 90.
Dimensions
Height 164.00 cm (64.57 inches)
Width 110.50 cm (43.50 inches)
Stock Code
85
Medium
Oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed
c. 1710
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