William Murray, 1st Earl of Dysart (c.1600-1655)
David Paton (b.Edinburgh fl.1660-1708)
William Murray grew up with King Charles I; as his whipping boy, he took the punishment if the young prince was naughty. They shared a lifelong friendship, which led to William being given Ham House and the title of Earl of Dysart. He ended his days in France, a staunch supporter of the exiled Charles II.
Portrait miniature, ink drawing on vellum, William Murray, 1st Earl of Dysart (c.1600-1655) by David Paton (b.Edinburgh fl.1660-1708). An oval head-and-shoulders portrait miniataure, turned to the right, gazing at the spectator, wearing a leather jerkin and steel gorget, thick curly hair, moustache and goatee, aged about 25.
Marks and inscriptions
Willm Murray Earl of Dysart - inscribed on backboard in ink
Makers and roles
David Paton (b.Edinburgh fl.1660-1708), artist