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Mr: Will:m Aikman, Painter.
Mr: Will:m Aikman, Painter. Engraved for the Bee.
From an Original painting by himself, in the possession of Mrs. Forbes, Edin.r
Published by J. Anderson, Nov.r 13th. 1793.
Stipple. Sheet 228 x 146mm. 9 x 5¾". Trimmed.
William Aikman (1682-1731), was a portrait painter who studied law at the University of Edinburgh. He took up a career as an artist and, by 1703, was painting portraits professionally in Edinburgh. He sold his family estate near Arbroath to enable him to travel unfettered to Europe to complete his artistic training. Aikman spent three years in Rome, before visiting Turkey and then spent a further period in Rome. He returned to Scotland in 1712, where he made the acquaintance of the poet Allan Ramsay and found an enthusiastic patron in John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, who persuaded Aikman to move to London. He established a distinguished portrait practice in London, portraying royalty and many members of the aristocracy.
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John Campbell Duke of Argyll & Greenwich &c.a
John Campbell Duke of Argyll & Greenwich &c.a Hereditary Justice General of the Shire of Argyll, the Western Islands &c., Hereditary Lord Lieutenant & High Sheriff of the said Shire, Hereditary Great Master of the Household in Scotland, Colonel of His Majesty's own Royal Regiment of Horse Guards, Governour of Portsmouth, General of the Foot, Master General of the Ordnance, One of his Majesty's most honoura.ble Privy Council, and Knight of the most noble order of the Garter.
W.Aikman Pinx. I.Simon fecit.
[n.d., c.1725.]
Mezzotint. 350 x 250mm. Some rubbing of print surface.
John Campbell (1678-1743), 2nd Duke of Argyll, 1st Duke of Greenwich, loyalist Scottish soldier. In 'the Fifteen', Argyll led the government army at Sheriffmuir and defeated the Jacobites led by the Earl of Mar. He was Master General of the Ordnance from 1725-1740 and was promoted to Field Marshal in 1736. In 1742, a year before his death, he was given the position of Commander in Chief of the British Army.
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