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 Belle, Alexis-Simon (French painter, 1674-1734) , Field Marshal James Keith

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Title Field Marshal James Keith
Collection Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen
Artist Belle, Alexis-Simon (French painter, 1674-1734)
Date 1724 (dated)
Description This portrait of Field Marshal James Keith (1696-1758) was painted in Paris in 1724 by the French court painter Alexis-Simon Belle (1674-1734). Keith is shown in armour, and holds a marshal's baton in his right hand that he rests on his helmet, reminding the viewer of his skill as a solider and leader. A Jacobite, he was exiled for fighting the Hanoverians and spent the rest of his life on the continent, serving in foreign armies. He was a favourite of Frederick the Great of Prussia, who made him a marshal.
Current Accession Number ABDUA 30095
Inscription back 'pinct a Paris pr B Belle 1724'
Subject portrait (Keith, James)
Measurements 137.5 x 104.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Unknown
Notes The frame label reads 'JAMES FRANCES EDWARD KEITH/ M.A., 1715/ MARSHAL IN THE PRUSSIAN ARMY/ PAINTED BY B.[sic] BELLE'.
Rights Owner The University of Aberdeen
Author David Taylor
 

 

 

 

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