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George Buchanan (1506–1582)

Photo credit: University of Edinburgh

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Quarter-length portrait of Buchanan, portrayed almost full face. He wears a black skull-cap and black costume with white collar and cuffs. He holds a scroll in his right hand in front of him. This is probably not a painting from life but a traditional portrait of the early seventeenth century.

University of Edinburgh

George Square


George Buchanan (1506–1582)


oil on panel


H 45.7 x W 27.9 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the wife of Provost Prince, 1689 (or from Sir Robert Sibbald a few years later)

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University of Edinburgh

George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland

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