John Clerk of Eldin, Photogravure
after James Saxon (1903)
The naval strategist John Clerk of Eldin was
the father of Scott's lifelong friend William Clerk, sometimes
for Darsie Latimer in Redgauntlet.
Some of John Clerk's eccentries are thought to have contributed
to the character of Jonathan
Oldbuck in The
Antiquary. Photo-engraving involved transferring
a photographic negative of a drawing, painting, or object to
a metal plate, and
then etching it in. The original portrait was painted in 1805.