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 G3 8AG 0141 276 9599 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/kelvingrove

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