The History of Leith

October 25, 2006

The Reverend Robert Walker, Henry Raeburn (1794)

Artist: Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), who trained as a goldsmith and took private lessons in painting before emerging as an artist in the 1790s. Raeburn was friends with Scottish intellectuals: one of his associates was Dugald Stewart, professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University; another was the theorist of perception, Thomas Reid. His portraits have a limpid, witty quality glowing with the belief in humanity of the 18th-century Scottish Enlightenment. for more click here

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