David Rae, Lord Eskgrove


John Kay (1742 - 1826)

$A 110

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S/N: ASOOP-140–228875

Full Title:

David Rae, Lord Eskgrove




John Kay (1742 - 1826)


In good condition



Image Size: 

x 130mm


Portrait of Sir David Rae, Lord Eskgrove (1724 – 1804) who was a Scottish advocate and judge. Rae was admitted a member of the Faculty of Adocates in 1751 and quickly acquired his own practice. In 1782 he became a Lord of Session and then a Lord of Justiciary and took the title Lord Eskgrove. In 1799 he was appointed Lord Justice Clerk, holding office until his death. 

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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