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A plaque below the painting gives details of the sitter's life and career. It reads: 'Right Honourable John, Earl of Hopetoun, Viscount Aithrie, Lord Hope Baron Hopetoun, Baron Niddry, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Linlithgow. Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath. Lieutenant General. Colonel of the Ninety Second Regiment of Highland Infantry. As a Soldier his name will be classed with those of Abercromby, Moore and Wellington, under the two former of those illustrious Generals, he distinguished himself in high and important Commands in the West Indies, Holland, Egypt, Spain and Portugal. With the latter he was associated in the Gallo-Spanish Campaign, 1813–1814, which shed so much Glory on the British Arms, and gave to Europe the Earnest of its deliverance from the Gigantic Ambition and Tyranny of France.
oil on canvas
H 239.2 x W 174.6 cm
1. The COUNTY of LINLITHGOW The place of his Birth & which he had represented in two successive Parliaments Placed his Portrait here To record their deep and grateful sense of his Public Services and his Private Virtues. 1817 2. RIGHT HONORABLE JOHN, EARL of HOPETOUN, VISCOUNT AITHRIE, LORD HOPE BARON HOPETOUN, BARON NIDDRY, LORD LIEUTENANT of the COUNTY OF LINLITHGOW. KNIGHT GRAND CROSS of the MOST HONOR