This superbly painted attributed work to Sir Henry Raeburn was in the collection of
Wilbraham Tollemache, then a substantial Stirlingshire country house. The estate that dates back to the 17thC was the home of the Waddell family which was granted to them by King James IV of Scotland. This painting has remained at this
country house until ony recently. Exhibited: The Old Master Exhibition, Burlington House, 1873.
This painting has been referred to in the ‘Life of Sir Henry Raeburn RA’, written by his Great Grandson William Raeburn Andrew M.A Oxon, Barrister at law published 1886. The period label that was attached to the rear of the painting reads: “This fine picture of the Right Hon. Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate of Scotland, a profound lawyer and brilliant wit. One of Raeburns most exquiste works, appeared at The Old Master Exhibition in Burlington House in 1873. Lent by Mrs Wilbraham Tollemache” Wilbraham Tollemache from Helmingham Hall, Suffolk was a collector of art and was an early patron of John Constable, Reynolds and Gainsborough.