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Dr Alexander Lindsay of Pinkieburn

Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

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Born at Stockbridge, Raeburn was orphaned in boyhood, educated at George Heriot’s Hospital and apprenticed to an Edinburgh jeweller and goldsmith. In 1784 he decided to go to Rome, but it is unclear what he did during his stay of around two years. Back in Edinburgh his career took off: he painted members of the judiciary and the landed, literary, professional and mercantile classes of Scotland, leaving us a fascinating visual directory of the upper echelons of Scottish society of the period. After the turn of the century Raeburn had a near-monopoly of portraiture in Scotland.

Dr Alexander Lindsay of Pinkieburn (1742–1820) was the Surgeon-Major to the Royal Artillery in Ireland and medical adviser to the Viceroy in Dublin. Highly regarded as a physician, Lindsay was laird of the small estate of Pinkieburn, Musselburgh, where he retired after his career in Ireland.

The Fleming Collection



Dr Alexander Lindsay of Pinkieburn




oil on canvas


H 120.7 x W 100.3 cm

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The Fleming Collection

14 Buckingham Street, London, Greater London WC2N 6DF England

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