Flintlock long gun by John Smart

This nine-bore flintlock Fowling piece was produced by John Smart of London for presentation by William, Marquess of Lothian to Archibald Douglas, Third Marquess and First Duke of Douglas.


Details

Medium:
Steel, brass, hardwood
Dimensions:
Length: 148.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £28,000)
Acquired in:
2012
Vendor:
Tony Willis

With its floral designs, a band of foliage at its breech, and the owner’s arms and motto just above, it is highly decorated and would certainly have been possessed primarily as a symbol of status and power. The gun closely resembles those depicted in contemporary portraits of noblemen in Highland dress in the Kelvingrove collection including a portrait of Lord Mungo Murray by John Michael Wright. In making this new acquisition, the museum gains an important opportunity to enrich its displays around a fascinating period in Scottish history.

Provenance

Private collection; Tony Willis, 1996. The object has been subjected to an Art Loss Register search.

Venue details

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street, GLASGOW Strathclyde G3 8AG 0141 276 9599 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/kelvingrove

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