Lot 172: A manuscript genealogical tree of the house of the Stuart family of Traquair.
To be sold at our Fine Art and Antiques Sale on 10th Jul 2013
A manuscript genealogical tree of the house of the Stuart family of Traquair.
Sepia ink and watercolour on vellum, 34¾in (88.3cm) x 28¼in (71.8cm). The overall "tree" commences with Bancho, Thane of Lochaber, noting his death in the year 1043. Bancho (or Banquo) was according to Shakespeare killed by Macbeth. The second name is that of his son Fleance who “fled to Wales after the murder of his father” His son Walter was the first High Steward of Scotland, a title held by his descendants in the Stuart (Stewart) line. Sir James Stuart “called the Black Knight of Lorn,” (who married Jean, the widow of King James I of Scotland) features heavily on the document, with an elaboration of his descent in a cartouche and his coat of arms bearing his motto “Judge Nought,” in a similar cartouche on the opposite side of it. The last date is 1741.
The document has chips and tears with some losses. From the edges it would appear to have been on a stretcher. There is a central horizontal crease which has doubtless appeared after the document was removed from its frame.
Price Achieved: £1200.00
This lot was presented at at our Fine Art and Antiques Sale on the 10th Jul 2013
Further Information about the sale:
This sale includes a fine collection of 4 Albrecht Dürer engravings from the collection of Sir Clifford Curzon and Lady Curzon. Another great treasure to be offered in the sale is a copy of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570), the Theatre of the World. This vellum bound collection of 70 engraved maps on 53 double page map sheets is the work of Abraham Ortelius, and the work is considered to be the first modern atlas.