The boys may well be John Thomas Erskine (1772–1828), later briefly 8th Earl of Mar, and James Floyer Erskine (1773–1798), though on the other hand they might be the two eldest sons of General Sir Ralph Abercromby of Tullibody House, who were contemporaries of the Erskine boys. In 1779, David Allan painted his third son, the three-year old James Abercromby, who became Lord Dunfermline (see University of Dundee collection). The painting is not listed in any inventory of David Allan's work and has never been exhibited before. It does not appear to have been owned by the Erskine family in more recent times, so may have passed out of their ownership at an early date.
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