John Bowring, engraved by William
Holl the Younger after Bryan Edward Duppa
From: Robert Chambers (ed.), A Biographical
Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen (Glasgow: Blackie, 1835)
The political economist and linguist John Bowring
visited Scott at Abbotsford in 1830. Scott thought him a 'clever'
and 'very agreeable' man (letter to Robert Cadell, 23 April 1830).
A description of the visit and a biographical sketch of Scott
are included in the posthumously printed Autobiographical
Recollections of Sir John Bowring (London: Henry S. King, 1877). During the
last months of his life Bowring was part of the Committee which
organized the celebration of the centenary of Scott's birth in
Melrose in 1871. The engraving by Willam Holl the Younger was
first published in 1840; the original portrait was probably completed