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Chisholm, Alexander (bap. 1792, d. 1847), portrait and historical painter, was born at Elgin, in Moray, and baptized there on 14 August 1792, the son of John Chisholm, a tanner, and his wife, Margaret Bowie. He was brought up as a weaver and was sent to ...

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Crawford, William (1822–1869), portrait and genre painter, was born at Ayr on 9 August 1822, the second son of Archibald Crawfurd or Crawford (1784–1843), poet and auctioneer, the author of such popular lyrics as 'Bonnie Mary Hay', and his wife, Catherine or Catharine Craig...

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Martin, David (1737–1797), portrait painter and engraver, was born on 1 April 1737 in Anstruther Easter, Fife, the first of the five children of John Martin (1699/1700–1772), the parish schoolmaster of Anstruther Easter, and his second wife, Mary Boyack (1702?–1783). He was a pupil of the portrait painter ...

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Paton, David (d. in or after 1709), portrait draughtsman and copyist, was a Scot, of whose origins very little is known. He specialized in making small monochrome drawings, both portraits and copies of old masters, in plumbago (lead point) as well as in pen and Indian ink on vellum. His earliest extant works are copies, signed and dated 1667. These are rectangular works drawn in plumbago on vellum after oil paintings by ...

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Raeburn, Sir Henry (1756–1823), portrait painter, was born on 4 March 1756 in the village of Stockbridge, now a district of Edinburgh which lies about a mile north-west of Edinburgh Castle, at that time the westernmost limit of the city. He was baptized three days later in the parish church of ...

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Sir Henry Raeburn (1756–1823) self-portrait, c. 1815 National Gallery of Scotland

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Skirving, Archibald (1749–1819), portrait artist, the eldest son of the farmer and Jacobite balladeer Adam Skirving (bap. 1719, d. 1803) and his first wife, Jean Ainslie (bap. 1722), was born at East Garleton Farm, Athelstaneford, near Haddington, in October 1749. Adam Skirving...

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Archibald Skirving (1749–1819) self-portrait, 1790 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Watson, George (1767–1837), portrait painter, was the son of John Watson of Over Mains, a property in the parish of Eccles, Berwickshire, which lies between Duns and the River Tweed, and Frances Veitch of Elliock. In the early 1780s he trained as an artist in ...

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Wilkie, Sir David (1785–1841), painter of genre, historical subjects, and portraits, was born on 18 November 1785 in the manse at Cults, in the parish of Pitlessie, Fife, where he was baptized on 4 December 1785, the third of the five children of the ...

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Sir David Wilkie (1785–1841) self-portrait, 1805–6 Scottish National Portrait Gallery