C1799
 (1842)

Lord Balmuto

Portrait of Claud Irvine Boswell, Lord Balmuto (1742-1824) a Scottish judge. After finishing his education at Edinburgh University, he was admitted a member of the faculty of advocates on 2 August 1766. On 25 March 1780 he was appointed sheriff … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Lord Balmuto

Date:

C1799
 (1842)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Etching

Image Size: 

100mm 
x 130mm
AUTHENTICITY
Lord Balmuto - Antique Print from 1799

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

Portrait of Claud Irvine Boswell, Lord Balmuto (1742-1824) a Scottish judge.

After finishing his education at Edinburgh University, he was admitted a member of the faculty of advocates on 2 August 1766. On 25 March 1780 he was appointed sheriff depute of Fife and Kinross, and, after serving this office for nineteen years was, upon the death of James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, appointed an ordinary lord of session, and took his seat upon the bench with the title of Lord Balmuto on 21 June 1799.

Kay etched and sold his caricature portraits individually from 1784 until the 1820’s. These individually issued etchings were collected over many years by Hugh Paton and issued as, A series of original portraits and caricature etchings by the late John Kay.

John Kay (1742 - 1826)

Kay was a Scottish caricaturist and engraver. He was born near Dalkeith, where his father was a mason. At thirteen he was apprenticed to a barber, whom he served for six years. He then went to Edinburgh, where in 1771 he obtained the freedom of the city by joining the corporation of barber-surgeons. In 1784 he published his first caricature, of Laird Robertson. In 1785, induced by the favour which greeted certain attempts of his to etch in aquafortis, he took down his barber's pole and opened a small print shop in Parliament Close. There he continued to flourish, painting miniatures, and publishing at short intervals his sketches and caricatures of local celebrities and oddities, who abounded at that period in Edinburgh society. Kay's famous shop on the Royal Mile was destroyed during the Great Edinburgh Fire of November 1824.

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