Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin (1777 - 1855)

François GérardAbout 1804

National Galleries Scotland: National

National Galleries Scotland: National
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Mary Nisbet's dark hair and velvet dress complement her light skin. The artist has carefully defined the delicate ruff of the high lace collar, the touches of gold in the embroidered decoration and her fine jewellery. The portrait was probably painted in Paris where Mary's husband, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, was British Ambassador. She interceded successfully on his behalf when he was imprisoned in 1803, after Napoleon revoked the Treaty of Amiens, ending the temporary peace between Britain and France.


  • Title: Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin (1777 - 1855)
  • Creator: Francois-Pascal-Simon Gerard
  • Date Created: About 1804
  • Physical Location: Scottish National Galllery
  • Location Created: Scotland
  • Physical Dimensions: h 64.80, w 54.60 cm
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs Nisbet Hamilton Ogilvy of Biel 1921
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/copyright-image-licensing
  • External Link: See this work at nationalgalleries.org
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Canvas
  • Depicted Person: Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin
  • Depicted Topic: Brown velvet dress

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