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Alexis-Simon Belle
PORTRAIT OF ALEXANDER, 4TH LORD FORBES OF PITSLIGO (D. 1762), HALF LENGTH, WEARING ARMOUR AND A BLUE CLOAK
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LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
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Alexis-Simon Belle
PORTRAIT OF ALEXANDER, 4TH LORD FORBES OF PITSLIGO (D. 1762), HALF LENGTH, WEARING ARMOUR AND A BLUE CLOAK
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
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Two Great Scottish Collections: Property from the Forbeses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian

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Alexis-Simon Belle
PARIS 1674 - 1734
PORTRAIT OF ALEXANDER, 4TH LORD FORBES OF PITSLIGO (D. 1762), HALF LENGTH, WEARING ARMOUR AND A BLUE CLOAK
inscribed on the reverse of the canvas: peint a Paris. par. AS (in ligature) Belle / Janvier. 1720..; and later inscribed with the identity of the sitter: Alexr 4th Lord Pitsligo / Died 1762
oil on canvas, in a painted oval
80.8 x 64.3 cm.; 31 3/4  x 25 1/4  in.
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Provenance

Probably the gift of Rebecca Ogilvy (1719 - 1804) widow of John, Master of Pitsligo (1723-1781) to Sir William Forbes, 6th Bt. (1739-1806).

Exhibited

Aberdeen, Archaeological Exhibition, 1859, no. 112.

Literature

Will of Sir William Forbes 6th Bart: of Pitsligo [typed transcript n.d. taken from a manuscript from circa 1806] 'Disposition of Pictures, trinkets etc. to his Eldest Son / no. 3. Portraits of the Lords of Pitsligo / all the portraits in (3) were given to Sir William by the widow of the Master of Pitsligo';
Archaeological exhibition: catalogue of historical portraits, exh. cat., Aberdeen 1859, p. 17, no. 112;
Lady Jane Grey Forbes Trefusis, Happy Hours in a Scottish Home, Edinburgh 1902, p. 32;
List of Portraits at Fettercairn House, 1924, p. 3 (Library);
A. McKenzie Annand, 'Lord Pitsligo's horse in the army of Prince Charles Edward, 1745-56', in Journal of Society for Army Historical Research, Winter 1982, vol. LX, no. 244, pp. 226-235, reproduced.

ENGRAVED
Emery Walker Ltd., 1930.

Catalogue Note

Alexander, 4th Lord of Pitsligo (1678-1762), is remembered as something of a local legend. He took part in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 at the age of 37 and was subsequently forced to flee to the continent. Thirty years later, and suffering from asthma, he again took up arms in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, raising a regiment of over a hundred Aberdeenshire gentlemen and tenants. After defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 Forbes went into hiding around Pitsligo and concealed himself in a cave constructed beneath the arch of a bridge in the moors. He disguised himself as a beggar, and under this pretence even led search parties to his own hiding-place, feigning assistance. He afterwards went by the name of Mr Brown, and when hunted for again in 1756 was purportedly helped by neighbours to hide behind a wainscot, in front of which a lady lay asleep in bed.

Alexander married first, in 1713, Rebecca Norton (d. 1731) (see lot 106), with whom he had one son, John, Master of Pitsligo (c.1713–81); and secondly, in 1731, his wife's companion, Elizabeth Allen (d. 1759) (see lot 107). The present portrait was executed in 1720 when he passed through Paris on his way back to Scotland.

Two Great Scottish Collections: Property from the Forbeses of Pitsligo and the Marquesses of Lothian

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