(b Aberdeen, 1589/90; d Aberdeen, Sep./Dec. 1644). Scottish portrait painter, active in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. His name has been indiscriminately attached to a great number of Scottish portraits of the period, as he is virtually the only 17th-century Scottish painter about whom anything is known. A now discounted tradition has it that he trained with Rubens and he has been flatteringly called ‘the Scottish van Dyck’, but his style was closer to Cornelius Johnson's.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)