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Esther Inglis, 1571 - 1624. Calligrapher and miniaturist 1595


  • Scottish Art
Esther Inglis, daughter of a French immigrant, was a celebrated calligrapher. She produced exquisitely illuminated documents and little books, illustrated with flowers not unlike the honeysuckle and the pink in the corner of the picture. Painted at about the time of her marriage, Esther wears a necklace composed of several strands of tiny beads and on her left hand she has three rings. One has an amber-coloured stone in a conventional quatrefoil bezel. On her small finger is a plain double hoop and her thumb has another double hoop. This might have been her wedding ring, which some ladies of the period wore on the thumb, but the details are not distinct enough to show conclusively that it was.

Glossary Open


Decorative handwriting



  • Acc. No. PG 3556
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 74.60 x 63.20 cm
  • Credit Gifted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2009