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John Campbell Duke of Argyll & Greenwich

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1740s (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Faber, John the younger (engraver)
    Ramsay, Allan, born 1713 - died 1784 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on laid paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 2

Physical description

Whole-length portrait, standing, turned slightly to right and looking to front, right hand on hip and with left arm resting on a pedestal. The sitter is wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, a shoulder length wig and a chain around his neck with the badge of the Order of the Garter. In the left background is the base of a column. On the ground to the right is a plumed hat, helmet, breastplate, gauntlet and baton.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)


1740s (printed)


Faber, John the younger (engraver)
Ramsay, Allan, born 1713 - died 1784 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

'A. Ramsay pinxt. 1740 J. Faber fecit John Campbell Duke of Argyll & Greenwich &c. Hereditary Lord Lieutenant & High Sheriff of the said Shire, Hereditary Great Master of the Household in Scotland, Colonel of His Majesty's own Royal Regiment of Horse Guards, Governor of Portsmouth, Master General of Ordinance, Field Marshall of all His Majesty's Forces, one of His Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council, and Knight of the Noble Order of the Garter.'


Height: 50.6 cm, Width: 35.8 cm

Descriptive line

Whole-length portrait of John Campbell, Duke of Argyll and Greenwich, in garter robes. Mezzotint by John Faber, the younger, after Allan Ramsay, 1740s.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Smith, John Chaloner. British Mezzotinto Portraits. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1883. Vol. 1, p.304.

Production Note

The original portrait was painted in 1740.


Laid paper



Subjects depicted

Pendant; Robes; Garter Star; Duke; Armour


Prints; Portraits; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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