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John Robison (1739–1805)

Photo credit: University of Edinburgh

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Three-quarter-length portrait in which the sitter wears a red gown and white turban-like nightcap. His left arm rests on a table beside an open book. Behind his right shoulder is a telescope; in the first draft this space had been occupied by a rod in Robison's left hand and this can still be traced under the paint of the final version. The background is dark brown. The colour is brilliant and impressive, the handling powerful and the brushwork, with its broad paralellograms, is almost impressionist in technique.

University of Edinburgh

George Square


Date

c.1798

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 127 x W 101.5 cm

Accession number

EU0010

Acquisition method

presented to the Senatus, 1850

Work type

Painting


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University of Edinburgh

George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland

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