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William Aikman, 1682 - 1731. Artist (Self-portrait)

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William Aikman, 1682 - 1731. Artist (Self-portrait) 1711

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In this self-portrait, the young artist has shown himself much as he would one of his sitters. Aikman was the son and heir of an Angus laird but he sold his estates to fund his training as a painter. This confident image probably belongs to the period shortly after his return to Edinburgh after several years of study in London and Italy. No other artist in Scotland was able to match his European sophistication of style and he rapidly became the country's leading portrait painter.


  • Acc. No. PG 309
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 75.90 x 63.00 cm (framed: 89.00 x 76.00 x 7.50 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by W.F. Watson 1886