Sir John Watson Gordon

Scottish (1788 - 1864)
Sir John Watson Gordon Sir John Watson Gordon, 1788 - 1864. Artist (Self-portrait) Unknown

Biography

Born 1788
Died 1864
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Edinburgh
Death place Edinburgh

John Watson Gordon was training to become an army engineer when, encouraged by his uncle, the painter, George Watson, and Raeburn, who was a family friend, he decided to become an artist. His first works were subject pictures but, after Raeburn's death in 1823, he established himself as the leading portrait painter in Scotland. His style was at first closely based on Raeburn but was later more influenced by his admiration for Velázquez. In 1850 he was elected President of the Royal Scottish Academy, appointed Queen's Limner for Scotland and knighted.