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Dr John Moore, 1730 - 1802. Physician and author

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Dr John Moore, 1730 - 1802. Physician and author About 1790


  • Scottish Art
Dr John Moore was a Scottish physician and writer. In 1747 he started his medical career with the North British Fusiliers. He served in the Netherlands but returned when peace was made in 1748. Moore continued his medical studies in London and Paris, and in 1750 he joined a Glasgow surgery practice. After attending James George, Duke of Hamilton, who died of tuberculosis in 1769, he became a friend of the Hamilton family. The following year he was asked to accompany the new duke, fourteen-year-old Douglas, on his ‘grand tour’. On his return in 1777 Moore retired from medical practice and moved his family from Glasgow to London. From then on he devoted his life to writing about his travel experiences and published several novels, the most famous being ‘Zeluco’ (1789).

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Grand Tour

An educational tour of Europe, especially through France and Italy taken by (particularly British) aristocratic youth from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Such tours were seen as essential for a full understanding of classical civilisation. They were also important opportunities for collecting art and antiquities.

Grand Tour


  • Acc. No. PG 571
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.20 x 63.50 cm (framed: 96.80 x 84.00 x 11.00 cm)
  • Credit Given by Miss Carrick Moore 1898