This head and shoulders portrait, three-quarter view, shows the subject looking over his right shoulder with his hand raised to his chin.

He wears a striped turban and a pale yellow cloak. It was said that Mortimer 'was fond of the wild, the savage, and the wonderful; and it was his pleasure in this fine picture to imagine himself a chief of banditti, a Rob Roy of the mountains, and to stamp a sort of poetic grandeur on his looks and on his costume.'

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