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David Graham Drummond Ogilvy, 1826-1881

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1826.05.04
Place of Birth:
Date of Death: 1881.09.25
Place of Death: Denver


David Graham Drummond Ogilvy was ninth Earl of Airlie. In 1851 he married Henrietta Blanche Stanley, the second daughter of Baron Stanley, the second Baron of Alderley. Their son David Stanley William (1856-1900), succeeded his father as Earl in 1881. He married Mabell the eldest daughter of the fifth Earl of Arran in 1886 but was killed in action at Diamond Hill, Pretoria in 1900. The Ogilvys also had a daughter Clementine Gertrude Helen who in 1874 married the diplomat and collector Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (later Lord Redesdale).


JW was friendly with the Earl and Countess, and with the Freeman-Mitfords. According to the Pennells, JW painted a portrait of their daughter Clementine Freeman-Mitford 'in draperies of Chinese blue silk' around 1876, Portrait of Lady Redesdale (YMSM 189). He also painted Algernon Freeman-Mitford's portrait in 'Van Dyck costume', Portrait of Lord Redesdale (YMSM 188). Both paintings were slashed to pieces by JW to prevent them from falling into the hands of his creditors. In 1878 the Earl and his wife invited JW up to their family home in Scotland, wanting him to carry out a number of etched portraits [#03562].


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