Thomas Bruce, 1785 - 1850. Depute Clerk of Session and friend of Sir Walter Scott
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Thomas Bruce, 1785 - 1850. Depute Clerk of Session and friend of Sir Walter Scott
  • Scottish Art
Thomas Bruce of Langlee, near Jedburgh, was an acquaintance and neighbour of the author Sir Walter Scott, who lived nearby in the Scottish Borders. In 1810, Bruce was made a Writer to the Signet; a privileged judicial position in Scotland. He was appointed to the post of Depute Clerk of Session in 1824, a job that his father had previously held. Bruce joined the Berwickshire yeomanry in 1811 as a commissioned officer, serving first as lieutenant and later as captain. This small ‘cabinet’ portrait, measuring only about 20 by 15 inches, is possibly a sketch for a larger work. It is attributed to Sir Watson-Gordon, a highly-regarded portrait painter who painted most of the Scottish celebrities of his time, including Scott himself.

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  • Acc. No. PG 1599
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 52.10 x 38.10 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Miss Maria S. Steuart 1953