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Title Portrait of Cardinal David Beaton
Collection Historic Scotland (Arbroath Abbey)
Artist Attributed to French School
Date Earliest probably about 1600
Date Latest probably about 1650
Description The subject is David Beaton (c.1494-1546), who was appointed a cardinal in 1538 and Archbishop of Scotland in 1539. As an able statesman and one of King James V's most trusted advisers, he was sent on several missions to France: he arranged the marriages of James, first with Madeleine of France, then with Mary of Guise. However, Beaton's relentless persecution of Scottish reformers made him many enemies, and in 1546 he was murdered. This half-length portrait, characterised by a free handling of the brush, was probably painted posthumously, depending on an earlier likeness painted during Beaton's lifetime.
Current Accession Number PPD006
Subject portrait (Cardinal David Beaton)
Measurements 61 x 75 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Taken into the guardianship of the Secretary of State for Scotland (Historic Scotland) 1843.
Rights Owner Crown Copyright Historic Scotland
Author Dr Claudia Heide




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