John Dixon after Thomas Gainsborough
Henry, Duke of Buccleugh
15.5 bx 21 inches
This delightful portrait shows the duke in an informal and rural setting with his arms affectionately thrown around the neck of his water spaniel. He wears a plain frock coat adorned with the insignia of the Most Ancient and Noble Order of the Thistle. The sitter was born on the 2nd September 1746 and succeeded his grandfather in 1751 as the 3rd Duke of Buccleugh. He married Elizabeth the daughter of the Duke of Montagu in 1767, thereby uniting two great aristocratic families. He was eventually to succeed to the dukedom of Queensbury in 1810, two years before his death in 1812.