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John William Rattray (fl. 1842-87)

Little is known of the Edinburgh artist John William Rattray. He painted portraits, in oil and crayon, of members of the gentry and professional classes of Edinburgh. Most of his sitters are unidentified, and few examples of his work are known. Peter J.M. McEwan speculates that most of his work remains in the families for whom it was painted.

His one known Scott-related work is a copy of Sir Henry Raeburn's 1823 portrait in Edinburgh University Library's Corson Collection.


  • McEwan, Peter J. M. Dictionary of Scottish Art & Architecture (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, c1994)

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