Sir Henry Raeburn

Professor John Wilson (nom de plume, 'Christopher North'), 1785 - 1854. Author and moral philosopher

About this artwork

  • title: Professor John Wilson (nom de plume, 'Christopher North'), 1785 - 1854. Author and moral philosopher
  • accession number: PG 708
  • artist: Sir Henry RaeburnScottish (1756 - 1823)
  • depicted: Professor John Wilson
  • gallery: Paxton House
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Writing and literature
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1805 - 1810
  • measurements: 236.00 x 149.30 cm (framed: 261.00 x 174.00 x 11.00 cm)
  • credit line: Given by the Royal Scottish Academy 1910
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Sir Henry Raeburn

Sir Henry Raeburn

Originally apprenticed to a goldsmith, Henry Raeburn showed enormous artistic talent as a young man. In 1784 he moved to London where he met the important portrait painter Joshua Reynolds. He spent some time in Italy but returned to Edinburgh in 1787 where he began painting portraits of the rich, famous and important people of his day. He was in constant demand and received many honours: in 1822 he was knighted when the King visited Edinburgh. Sir Henry Raeburn died a year later.