John Michael Wright

Lord Mungo Murray, 1668 – 1700. Son of 1st Marquess of Atholl (About 1683)

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Lord Mungo, the fifth son of the Marquess of Atholl, is dressed for hunting. He wears a belted plaid - a double width of tartan about five metres long, belted around the body to form a kilt and cloak. This traditional highland costume is worn with a fashionable doublet. He holds a flintlock sporting gun and carries two pistols in his belt. He also has a dirk and a ribbon basket sword. His servant, in the background, carries a longbow, used for hunting deer. Lord Mungo died young, fighting the Spanish in Panama in Central America.

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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.