About this artwork

Lord Seton is portrayed in the magnificent clothes he wore at the wedding of Mary Queen of Scots and the French Dauphin in April 1558. His baton is that of the Master of the Queen's household, a position he held in 1561, at the age of 27. The portrait was, however, painted later, in the 1570s, the date in the second inscription at the base of the column. Seton was a loyal supporter of the Queen, and acknowledged favourably by her son James VI and I. The coat of arms at the top right is a later addition.

Adrian Vanson

Adrian Vanson

Of Flemish origins, Vanson worked in Edinburgh as a court painter from 1584. He was one of a number of French and Netherlandish artists, craftsmen and merchants living in the city. Vanson produced many portraits of members of the court; in 1585 Vanson was admitted as burgess of Edinburgh for his services to the city. He was the father of the artist Adam de Colone.

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