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Commodore George Johnstone, 1730 - 1787. Naval commander and Governor of Western Florida

Commodore George Johnstone had a mixed career as a naval commander and politician. Governor of Western Florida from 1763, a member of Parliament from 1768, and one of the commissioners appointed to negotiate with the American Colonies in 1778, he had a reputation as a hot-tempered dualist and, although courageous, he seems to have lacked judgement. Although this is a beautifully painted miniature, with meticulously rendered textures, the artist still manages to convey something of Johnstone's rather tricky character.

Credit: Purchased 1982

About 1774
Watercolour on ivory
9.9 x 9.9cm
PG 2523
Image and text © National Galleries of Scotland, 2020