Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, 1773 - 1850. Judge and critic

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Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, 1773 - 1850. Judge and critic about 1825
  • Scottish Art
Francis Jeffrey was a young lawyer when he became one of the co-founders of the influential magazine, the Edinburgh Review. He was editor from 1803 to 1829 and also a contributor, most famously as the literary critic who failed to appreciate the romantic sensibility of poets like Wordsworth or Byron. The liberal stance of the Edinburgh Review in politics and economics reflected Jeffrey's own sympathies. He became a politician in 1820 and, when the election of 1830 brought the whigs to power, he was appointed Lord Advocate. In this role he had considerable responsibility for the Scottish Reform Bill of 1832 which increased the electorate from 4000 to 65000. Contemporaries believed that Colvin's portrait captured Jeffrey's lively and intelligent features.

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Edinburgh Review

Founded in 1802, the Edinburgh Review was a literary criticism magazine, published quarterly.


British reforming party in late 17th to mid 19th century that were eventually succeeded by the Liberal Party.

Edinburgh Review, Whig


  • Acc. No. PG 569
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 91.40 x 72.40 cm (framed: 121.50 x 101.50 x 10.50 cm)
  • Credit Miss Brown of Waterhaughs Bequest 1897