The Portrait of the 5th Earl of Dumfries. This portrait of the 5th Earl is the centre of attention in the Pink Dining Room.
The 5th Earl of Dumfries commissioned three works by Thomas Hudson (1701-1779). He was keen to impress through his own portrait, which commands the room from above the fireplace. Shown in his coronation robes, his coronet sits on a table to his left and around his shoulders he wears the chain of the Order of the Thistle. The coronet rests on top of a drawing of Dumfries House. This, along with the fact that the Earl holds a copy of the contract to design and build the house, tells us how very proud he was of the prospect of a completed Dumfries House.