Thomas Duncan

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

About this artwork

Both in body and in mind, John Wilson was a larger than life character. An essayist and a sportsman, he was one of the founders of the right-wing Blackwood's Magazine and, for over thirty years, he was Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Duncan's portrait shows Wilson, gun in hand, on the moors. On the page he could be just as deadly, his reviews wounding reputations and killing promising careers.

Thomas Duncan

Thomas Duncan