General Thomas Dalyell, c 1599 - 1685. Soldier in Russia and Commander-in-Chief in Scotland (About 1670)
About this artwork
General Tam Dalyell fought for both Charles I and Charles II. During the Civil War, he was taken prisoner by the Parliamentarians at the battle of Worcester (1651) and imprisoned in the Tower of London. He escaped and travelled to Russia where he fought with the army of the Tsar against the Tartars, Poles and Turks. Known from then on as the 'Muscovite De'il', he was back in Scotland after the restoration of Charles II. His suppression of the Covenanters earned him the nickname 'Bluidy Tam'. His enemies said he played cards with the devil at his House of the Binns, just west of Edinburgh.
- title: General Thomas Dalyell, c 1599 - 1685. Soldier in Russia and Commander-in-Chief in Scotland
- accession number: PG 2129
- artist: L. SchunemanGerman (active 1651 - 1674)
- depicted: General Thomas Dalyell
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Painting
- subject: Military and naval
- medium: Oil on canvas
- date created: About 1670
- measurements: 124.40 x 101.60 cm (framed: 145.00 x 124.00 x 8.00 cm)
- credit line: Purchased 1967
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
L.Schuneman was a native of Germany active in Scotland during the third quarter of the seventeenth century. He worked for several of the leading Scottish families, producing distinctive, but rather stiff, portraits.