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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Andrew Mitchell (1708-1771), Diplomat

Diplomat; educated at Edinburgh and Leyden; barrister Middle Temple, 1738; under-secretary of state for Scotland, 1741-47; MP for Aberdeenshire, 1747, and Elgin burghs, 1755 and 1761; envoy, 1756, to Frederick the Great whom he accompanied during the Seven Years' War; KB,1765; died in Berlin.

'A man strongly built and rather above the middle height, taking in his manners, though bluntish ... his countenance is that of a bold, open, straightforward, and withal most sagacious man. It is somewhat broad and bluff ... the strongly-marked nose, the massive chin, and firm full lips, as well as the well-opened clear blue eyes ... altogether are expressive of the ... quiet resolution, the silent unobtrusive courage which formed the character of the man.' [1]

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1) Bisset, Memoirs ..., II, p 396.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.