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Self Portrait
(Born Stockbridge [now a district of Edinburgh], 4 March 1756; died Edinburgh, 8 July 1823). The leading Scottish portrait painter of his period. He was the first major Scottish painter to work largely in his own country, and his portraits create a superb visual record of a golden age of culture and society in Scotland in general and Edinburgh in particular. On leaving school he was apprenticed to a goldsmith and he appears to have been largely self-taught as a painter.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)