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Archibald Stuart, WS

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Torrance, East Dunbartonshire, UK
Death: November 1767 (42)
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Stuart, 2nd Baron of Torrance and Isabel Stuart
Husband of Elizabeth Stuart
Father of Jane Cochrane; Andrew Stuart, of Craigthorn, MP; Alexander Stuart of Torrance; Major-General James Stuart and Isabella Henderson
Brother of Rebecca Hamilton (Stewart); James Stuart of Torrance; Patrick Stuart of Torrance and Christian Maxwell

Managed by: Woodman Mark Lowes Dickinson, OBE
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About Archibald Stuart of Torrence, WS

Biographical Summary

"Stuart, Archiabld, of Torrence — Apprentice to Hugh Somerville. — Seventh son of Alexander Stuart of Torrence, Lanarkshire. Died November 1767. Mar. Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Andrew Myreton, Bart., of Gogar, Mid-Lothian."

SOURCE: The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet; 1890; page 196


Attributed to manner of Blanchet, Louis Gabriel (French painter, 1705-1772) , Portrait of Archibald Stuart of Torrance

  • Title: Portrait of Archibald Stuart of Torrance
  • Collection: Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
  • Artist: Attributed to manner of Blanchet, Louis Gabriel (French painter, 1705-1772)
  • Attributed to manner of Ramsay, Allan (Scottish painter and writer, 1713-1784)
  • Previously attributed to manner of Hamilton, Gavin (Scottish painter, archaeologist, and antiquary, 1723-1798)
  • Date Earliest: possibly about 1739
  • Date Latest: possibly about 1740
  • Description: This is an imposing portrait of Archibald Stuart of Torrance dressed in armour to portray affluence and significance. He was a great grandson of Sir Archibald Stuart of Castlemilk, and an uncle to the British neoclassical painter Gavin Hamilton. The handling of the paint is quite unique for the period, and its attribution was highly disputed at the time of purchase. The armour is datable to about 1590-1600 and could be Swiss. Blanchet, a successful portrait painter, was working on Stuart portraits in 1739 in Italy, and it is possible that Archibald Stuart, a Jacobite, would have visited Rome, when political events were leading to renewed hopes for a rising in Scotland.
  • Current Accession Number: 3150
  • Subject: portrait (Archibald Stuart of Torrance)
  • Measurements: 135.7 x 99.9 cm cm (estimate)
  • Material: oil on canvas
  • Acquisition Details: Purchased 1961.
  • Provenance: Helen Stuart Stevenson.
  • Principal Exhibitions: Scottish Painting, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, 1961, cat. no. 15
  • Publications: French Paintings and Drawings Illustrated Summary Catalogue, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 1985, p. 18; The Scotsman, 30 November 1961, p. 18.
  • Notes: Richard Ormond of the National Portrait Gallery, London, commented in 1969: �much too robust for Blanchet'.
  • Rights Owner: Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
  • Author: Dr Georgia Toutziari

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