About this artwork

Bruce was a gentleman architect, credited with introducing the classical style to Scotland. He was born at Blairhall in Fife. Bruce is best known for his work on Edinburgh's Holyroodhouse from 1671, transforming it into a baroque palace for Charles II. He also designed a splendid house at Kinross for his own family and Hopetoun House just west of Queensferry. Bruce is shown wearing an elegant striped dressing gown, gesturing with his porte crayon at the drawing in his left hand.

John Michael Wright

John Michael Wright

The son of a London tailor, John Michael Wright took the unusual step of serving his apprenticeship, from 1636, with George Jamesone in Edinburgh. In the early 1640s Wright went to Rome, where he remained until 1656, becoming a member of the Academy of St Luke. On his return, he lived in London, but he travelled to Dublin in the late 1670s and to Rome in 1686. Wright is one of the most distinctive British-born painters of the seventeenth century, with a confident approach to his sitters and a subtle sense of colour.