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  • Louis Carrogis (Louis de Carmontelle)
David Hume, 1711 - 1776. Historian and philosopher About 1764

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The philopsher and historian David Hume sat for this drawing in Paris when he was Secretary to the British Ambassador in the mid-1760s. French society ladies doted on 'le bon David' and his stay there was a social and intellectual triumph. He made friends with several of the leading French thinkers and returned to London with the brilliant but paranoid philosopher Rousseau. The two men soon fell out, each accusing the other of betrayal.


  • Acc. No. PG 2238
  • Medium Pencil, red chalk, and watercolour on paper
  • Size 30.00 x 17.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1974