John Baptist De Medina
Portrait of Lady Katherine Anne Erskine

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Circle of John Baptist de Medina (1659-1710). Portrait of Lady Katherine Anne Erskine (1697-1733), full-length, standing in a landscape, wearing a blue gown with rose coloured cloak, holding a basket of flowers, a parrot perched on the balustrading to her right. Oil on canvas, c.1710.

Dimensions: 164 x 110.5cm (64.5 x43.5in)

By descent through the Ogilvy Family, Baronets of Inverquharity, who were related through marriage to the Earls of Buchan. (Katherine was the daughter of the 9th Earl of Buchan).

Lady Katherine Anne Erskine (1697-1733) was the eighth child and elder daughter of David Erskine, 4th Lord Cardross and later the 9th Earl of Buchan and his wife Francis (nee Browne). She married the Hon William Fraser of Fraserfield MP in 1724. Katherine had one son, William, born in 1725. This portrait was likely to have been purchased by Sir John Ogilvy (9th Baronet d. 1890) or his son, Sir Reginald Ogilvy (10th Baronet d. 1910). The Ogilvys had links to the Buchan Earldom, an Ogilvy having married the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Earls of Buchan.

John Baptist de Medina (1659-1710) was the son of Medina de Caustanais, a Spanish officer and was born in Brussels where he became a pupil of Francois Duchatel. He came to London c.1686 and adapted his style and studio practice to that of Kneller. He illustrated Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' and Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. Under the patronage of the Earl of Melville (later Earl of Leven), of whom he painted around fifteen portraits, he moved with his family to Edinburgh c. 1693 where he had an extensive and successful portrait practice. His series of portraits in tne Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh, is the Scottish equivalent to Kneller's Kit-cat series. He was knighted in 1706 and died in Edinburgh in 1710. Among his pupils were Aikman and his eldest son, John Medina (1686-1764).

Ellis Waterhouse 'The Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters' 1988, page 90.
Rosalind K Marshall 'John de Medina 1659-1710' 1988.


  • Artist
    John Baptist De Medina (1659-1710, Flemish)
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  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    64.57 in. H x 43.5 in. W
  • Seller Location
    Bath, United Kingdom
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