Anne Forbes, 1745 - 1834. Artist 1781


  • Scottish Art
Look at the strong backbone and determined eyes of the artist Ann Forbes - to be an independent woman in the eighteenth century was hard work. Ann Forbes, grand-daughter of William Aikman, the portrait painter, studied in Rome before setting up a studio in London. Her society friends shunned her for going into business. Ill and discouraged, she returned to Edinburgh where she established herself as a drawing teacher, a more acceptable occupation for a woman, although she still accepted commissions for portraits whenever she could.


  • Acc. No. PG 191
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 38.30 x 32.00 cm (framed: 46.70 x 40.60 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1887