Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess of Hamilton by Gavin Hamilton

Elizabeth Gunning (1733 - 90) was a renowned beauty and married the 6th Duke of Hamilton after a whirlwind romance in 1752.


Oil on canvas
239 x 145.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£75,000 ( Total: £603,036; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
The Lennoxlove Trust

She was painted by other artists including Ramsay and Reynolds, but this portrait is the defining image of her and became well known through an engraving published in 1753. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Commissioned by the 6th Duke of Hamilton; part of the Hamilton collection by descent; The Lennoxlove Trust.

Venue details

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1 Queen Street, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 1JD 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am – 5pm. Open from noon on 1 Jan. Closed 25 – 26 Dec.