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The subject is David Beaton (c.1494-1546), who was appointed a cardinal in 1538 and Archbishop of Scotland in 1539. As an able statesman and one of King James V's most trusted advisers, he was sent on several missions to France: he arranged the marriages of James, first with Madeleine of France, then with Mary of Guise. However, Beaton's relentless persecution of Scottish reformers made him many enemies, and in 1546 he was murdered. This half-length portrait, characterised by a free handling of the brush, was probably painted posthumously, depending on an earlier likeness painted during Beaton's lifetime.
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845 x 720mm
740 x 615mm
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