In 2010, Nancy J. Hughes inherited Erskine and Holland family heirlooms dating back to 1710. The worth of these painting and artifacts is yet to be determined, but their historical worth and provenance makes them invaluable.
The Erskine and Holland families were aristocratic, titled nobility with vast estates throughout Scotland and England. Through their legal brilliance, religious and political convictions, and eccentric passions they influenced over eight centuries of British history.

Found Art describes the ownership and history of my collection as it was gifted, inherited, bought, and willed through three hundred years of descendants.

It begins with Henry David Erskine (1710—1767), 10th Earl of Buchan, his wife Agnes (Stuart) Erskine, and their children Anne Agnes Erskine; Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate of Scotland; David Stuart Erskine, Earl of Buchan; and Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine, Lord High Chancellor of the United Kingdom.

It ends with the last direct descendant Sir Robert Erskine Holland (1873—1965).

The following individuals had a direct or interesting connection to the Erskine and Holland families—and to my art:

  • King George III & IV
    King William IV
    Queens Mary & Caroline
    Edward Prince of Wales
    Sir Isaac Newton
    Sir Walter Scott
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Rudyard Kipling
    Sigmund Freud
    Napoleon Bonaparte
    Adolf Hitler
    George Washington
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Thomas Jefferson
    Allan Ramsay
    Joshua Reynolds
    Richard Cosway
    Thomas Gainsborough