About this artwork

Charlotte Lockhart was the granddaughter of Sir Walter Scott, who called her his ‘little whippety-stourie’. This portrait by Hill and Adamson shows her on the edge of adulthood and marriage to barrister James Robert Hope in 1847. On the death of her brother in 1853, Charlotte and her husband inherited Scott’s Abbotsford estate and adopted the name of Hope-Scott. Charlotte died in 1858 at the age of only 30. Her husband’s biographer, Robert Ornsby, described her as ‘a very attractive person, with a graceful figure, a sweet and expressive face’, but added that her ‘heavy chin’ resembled that of her famous grandfather.

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David Octavius Hill

David Octavius Hill