Portrait of Sir John Sinclair, 1st Bart
Size without frame: 24.5x21 in
George Jamesone was born in Aberdeen, 1589 or 1590 and died in the city in 1644. Educated at Aberdeen University, he quickly devoted himself to art. He was apprenticed for seven years to John Anderson, who is known to have worked at Huntly Castle and Holyrood Palace, as well as redecorating the room at Edinburgh Castle in which James VI was born.
Jamesone may have visited the continent between 1615 and 1621, returning to marry in Aberdeen in 1624. His earliest patrons were from trade and academic circles of Aberdeen, but within a short time he was painting the aristocracy of the north-east and eventually all of Scotland. Until 1628, he was probably in competition with Adam de Colone, but following the latter’s departure from Scotland in 1628, Jamesone enjoyed a monopoly for the rest of his life. In 1633 he painted the portrait of Charles I on the occasion of the monarch’s visit to Scotland. Later that year he went abroad with Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy, reaching Rome. He was commissioned by Sir Colin to produce portraits of female ancestors as well as portraits of Scottish Kings and Queens.
He was undoubtedly Scotland’s first major portraitist.
Sir John Sinclair, 1590-1649, amassed a considerable fortune as a merchant in Edinburgh, purchasing the lands and baronetcy of Stevenston in the county of Haddington. He was the first Baronet Sinclair of Murkle (in the county of Caithness) and Stevenston, the baronetcy created as a hereditary title on 18th June 1636.