James Maitland, 7th Earl of Lauderdale

Joshua Reynolds1759-1760

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

The 41-year-old Lord Lauderdale had distinguished himself in the army, but was still young when he resigned and took a seat in the House of Lords (1747–61, 1782–84). He later also served as Lord of Police for Scotland and Rector of Glasgow University. Unequalled in his capacity for flattering portrayal, Reynolds shows a sophisticated young aristocrat leaning on the base of a Solomonic (twisted) column, suggestive of a trip to Italy the Scottish peer never in fact made.


  • Title: James Maitland, 7th Earl of Lauderdale
  • Creator: Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • Date Created: 1759-1760
  • Physical Dimensions: 239 x 148.5 cm stretcher; 264.1 x 172.0 x 9.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: James Maitland, 7th Earl of Lauderdale, 1761-26 Mar 1976, England, Sat for in 1759, paid for 1761, £80 by the sitter. The painting passing to the heirs of the 7th Earl of Lauderdale. Sold Christies 26 March 1976 Christie's London, 26 Mar 1976, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Christie's London, 26 March 1976
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Anonymous gift fund for an 18th century portrait 1976
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.l., black "... 1753 Sir Joshua Reynolds...".
  • Artist Country: England

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