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William Carstares (1649–1715)

Photo credit: University of Edinburgh

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Carstares, in wig and wearing bands and a black gown, is shown seated. In front of him is a table on which there is a Greek Testament in manuscript, held upright by his right hand. Carstares was subjected to the thumbscrews for his alleged subversive activities and the deformity of his thumbs can be seen in the painting.

University of Edinburgh

George Square


Date

c.1712

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 127 x W 101.5 cm

Accession number

EU0003

Acquisition method

presented to the University on the death of Mrs Carstares by the executor of her estate, Professor Charles Mackie

Work type

Painting


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University of Edinburgh

George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland

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