From: Robert Chambers (ed.), A Biographical
Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen (Glasgow: Blackie, 1835)
Wilkie painted Scott on three occasions:
in the group compositions The
Abbotsford Family (1817)
and The Entrance
of King George IV at Holyrood (1829) and in
individual portrait (1824).
He also left a sketch of Sir
Walter Scott Coursing (1817 or
1824). Besides painting a number of
pictures inspired by Scott's fiction, Wilkie contributed
illustrations to the Magnum Opus edition of the Waverley Novels.
Scott was a great admirer of Wilkie's work. In chapter 10 of
The Antiquary (1816), he describes Steenie Mucklebackit's mourning
family as presenting 'a scene which our Wilkie alone could have
painted, with that exquisite feeling of nature that characterises
his enchanting productions'. The original portrait of Wilkie
by Andrew Geddes was painted in 1821.