Adam de Colone

Margaret Graham, Lady Napier, d. c 1626. Sister of 1st Marquess of Montrose and wife of 1st Lord Napier (1626)

About this artwork

This portrait of Lady Napier shows she had the same regular features and striking looks as her famous brother, the Marquis of Montrose. Her gown is enriched with embroidery and lace and she wears elaborate jewellery including a delicate diamond and pearl ornament of a pelican feeding her young pinned to her collar. She died young, shortly after this portrait was painted. Her husband, Sir Archibald Napier, described her as 'a woman religious, chaste and beautiful, and my chief joy in the world'.

Adam de Colone

Adam de Colone

Adam de Colone was the son of James VI's court painter Adrian Vanson and his wife, Susanna de Colone. Vanson was of Netherlandish origin but all his children were born in Edinburgh. Adam, who took his mother's name after she had become a widow, probably studied in the Netherlands before going to London in 1622. He painted James VI and I at least twice. He was based in Scotland from 1624 and painted many of the leading members of the Scottish nobility and their families.