WRIGHT, John Michael
(b. 1617, London, d. 1694, London)

Portrait of the John Maitland

c. 1670
Oil on canvas, 127 x 102 cm
Private collection

This painting represents a three quarter length portrait of John Maitland, dressed in a richly embroidered doublet with lawn collar, and holding a stick in his right hand and standing before a column draped in blue curtains.

John Maitland, 1st Duke and 2nd Earl of Lauderdale, 3rd Lord Thirlestane (1616-1682), was a Scottish politician, and leader within the Cabal Ministry. (The Cabal Ministry refers to a group of high councilors of King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1668 to circa 1674.)

Several painted portraits of Maitland are known, he was portrayed - among others - by Cornelis Jonson van Ceulen, Sir Peter Lely, Jacob Huysmans, John Riley, Samuel Cooper and John Michael Wright. There is also a portrait medal by Jan Roettiers.