The Museum’s Mystery Gentleman
To mark the opening of the new summer season, Grantown Museum recently hosted an event to unveil its latest acquisition - a 300 year old portrait by the chief’s of Grant favourite artist, Richard Waitt. But intriguingly, no-one can say with certainty who the gentleman in the portrait is. It was traditionally thought to be James Ogilvie, 1st Earl of Seafield. His grand-daughter married Sir Ludovick Grant and was mother to The Good Sir James (he who founded Grantown). However, it has been argued that the sitter bears a striking resemblance to other known portraits of Sir James Grant of Grant, the paternal grandfather to Grantown’s founder.
The purchase was made possible through help from the National Fund for Acquisitions, and the Art Fund; also, a gift in memory of George Rafferty a former Vice-president of the Museum.
We are greatly indebted to these organisations and to the Rafferty family for their generosity.