C1790
 (1842)

Seria Mixla Jocis, Henry Erskine

Portrait showing the Honourable Henry Erskine (1746 – 1817) who was a Scottish Whig politician and lawyer. Erskine served as Lord Advocate during two terms from 1783 to 1784 and again in 1806 – 1807. He was Dean of the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Seria Mixla Jocis, Henry Erskine

Date:

C1790
 (1842)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Etching

Image Size: 

90mm 
x 115mm
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Seria Mixla Jocis, Henry Erskine - Antique Print from 1790

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

Portrait showing the Honourable Henry Erskine (1746 – 1817) who was a Scottish Whig politician and lawyer. Erskine served as Lord Advocate during two terms from 1783 to 1784 and again in 1806 – 1807. He was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates from 1785 to 1795, but was not re-elected due to his opposition to the war. Erskine sat as Member of Parliament for Haddington Burghs.

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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