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James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn

(1762-1837), General

Sitter in 13 portraits
Erskine joined the Army in around 1778, but the first part of his career was spent as a politician. He entered Parliament as an MP in 1782, and swiftly made a reputation for himself in the House of Commons as a forceful speaker in Opposition. From 1792, Erskine turned his attention more actively to soldiering. He served in the Mediterranean and went on to become commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean. Erskine (by now Lord Roskine) was sent on a mission to Lisbon in 1805 to report on whether the British should assist the Portuguese against Napoleon. In 1814, he was promoted general, and again devoted himself to politics, going on to serve as Lord Privy Seal and as Lord President of the Council.

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The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 999

The Trial of Queen Caroline 1820

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1820-1823
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 999

The House of Commons, 1833, by Sir George Hayter - NPG 54

The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 54

'A puerile attack upon an old servant', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell - NPG D12244

'A puerile attack upon an old servant'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 17 March 1787
NPG D12244

James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn, by James Sayers, published by  James Bretherton - NPG D9933

James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn

by James Sayers, published by James Bretherton
etching, published 31 March 1788
NPG D9933

'The impeachment', by James Sayers - NPG D12245

'The impeachment'

by James Sayers
etching, 1788?
NPG D12245

James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn, by James Sayers, published by  James Bretherton - NPG D16222

James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn

by James Sayers, published by James Bretherton
etching, published 31 March 1788
NPG D16222

'The last scene of the managers farce', by James Sayers, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12249

'The last scene of the managers farce'

by James Sayers, published by Hannah Humphrey
etching, published 8 May 1795
NPG D12249

A Royal Commission, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Charles Etienne Pierre Motte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41008

A Royal Commission

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Charles Etienne Pierre Motte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 30 July 1830
NPG D41008

A Cabinet Picture, by John ('HB') Doyle, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41022

A Cabinet Picture

by John ('HB') Doyle, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 5 November 1830
NPG D41022

A Most Extraordinary Rat!, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41136

A Most Extraordinary Rat!

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 22 May 1832
NPG D41136

A Great Actor Playing to Empty Benches, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41161

A Great Actor Playing to Empty Benches

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 14 September 1832
NPG D41161

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