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25 Feb 2018

Part V: 50 interesting objects

A painting of a older man (with a beard and immense furry hat) sitting round a table with his younger pupils. They all look at him. An unseen light source seems to illuminate all their faces.
A philosopher and his pupils – a Caravaggio-esque work by Van der Vliet
There are many intriguing and eye-catching artefacts in our collections.

1. Portrait of Lord Haddo

A portrait of a young well-to-do man, who stands against a classical backdrop with a dog sitting at his feet. He wears a three-quarter red coat and has his legs crossed in an informal style.
A ‘prospective portrait’ of Lord Haddo, painted when he was still a child.

2. Painting of Culzean

A painting of Culzean Castle, as seen from the sea. Several sailing boats can be seen close to the shore. The sky is blue, with clouds rolling in from the sea.
Culzean Castle, as seen from the sea, painted by Alexander Nasmyth

3. A philosopher and his pupils

A painting of a older man (with a beard and immense furry hat) sitting round a table with his younger pupils. They all look at him. An unseen light source seems to illuminate all their faces.
A philosopher and his pupils – a Caravaggio-esque work by Van der Vliet

4. Head of Driver portrait

A close-up portrait of a golden brown deerhound, which is facing the artist but looking slightly to the left.
A portrait of the 5th Duke of Gordon’s deerhound by Edwin Landseer

5. Janet Alice Lorimer painting

A portrait of a seated young woman, who is cuddling her young son who is perched on a tall stool. Both wear cream formal clothes.
A portrait of Janet Lorimer and her son, painted by her brother

6. The Haddo Madonna

A painting of the Madonna in a gold frame hangs on a wall covered with blue paper. In the background is a dining room with many other portraits on the wall.
A famous work by Renaissance master Raphael ... or was it really his assistant?

7. Anne Erskine portrait

An oval half portrait of a young girl dressed in a formal blue dress, with pearl decoration.
A portrait of Anne Erskine, daughter of John Erskine, by Allan Ramsay

8. Poffertjes pan

A circular metal pan that looks a bit like a frying pan, except that it has 7 round indentations in the pan.
A poffertjes pan used to make seven perfect Dutch pancakes, or ‘poffertjes’.

9. Ice skates

A pair of old ice skates, with a wooden base, metal blades and leather upper straps.
A pair of uncomfortable-looking ice skates

10. Commode

A highly polished wooden commode with four drawers at the front. A porcelain bowl and two matching vases sit on top of the cabinet.
A commode made by one of the finest cabinet-makers of the Ancien Regime

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