By John Baptiste de Medina
Oil on canvas 49 x 40 ins.
Blue dress, red drape, sunset background.
Inscribed: ‘Margaret/Countess of Rothes, Eldest/Daughter + heir of John, Duke of Rothes/Married to Chas, 5th Earl of Haddington.’
Margaret was the daughter of the 7th Earl and therefore 8th in succession, her son therefore became the 9th Earl. Some refer to her son as the 8th Earl but all modern references are to Margaret, 8th Countess, and her son as the 9th Earl.
A related version of this painting was in the possession of the Earl of Haddington 1961.
Destroyed in James Bourlet fire 1991.