Sir Robert Strange, 1721 - 1792. Engraver

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Sir Robert Strange, 1721 - 1792. Engraver about 1760
  • Scottish Art
This austere wash drawing of Sir Robert Strange in profile was made by Greuze in Paris over the summer of 1760. In 1791 Strange decided to make an engraving of the portrait to include in his frontispiece of a published volume of his collected engravings. Strange’s choice of this French image may have been to remind the Royal Academicians in London of his European status as the first British artist to be admitted as an engraver to Paris’s ‘Académie Royale’ in 1764. Strange’s original copper plate which he used for the etching is in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture

Founded in 1648, an academy of painting and sculpture in Paris.


The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.


A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.

Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Engraving, Wash


  • Acc. No. PGL 296
  • Medium Brush with Indian ink wash on paper, set in gilt-metal frame
  • Size Diameter: 10.60 cm
  • Credit On loan from the National Museum of Scotland