Birth place Edinburgh
Death place Marseille
Born in Edinburgh, Peter Taylor was principally an interior decorator and carriage painter. He did, however, paint several portraits during his career. An example of this is a small, but important, portrait of the poet Robert Burns and almost certainly a larger version which did not come to light until 1893. Taylor was interested in industrial developments and in 1788 he introduced the manufacture of painted wax cloth, a form of floor covering. Although this was an extremely successful product after his death, he was only awarded £100 “towards expenses” by the Board of Manufactures. Taylor suffered from tuberculosis and retired to the south of France.