Walter Scott


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John Kay (1811)

In 1811, the Edinburgh caricaturist John Kay portrayed Scott as one of Twelve Advocates Who Plead without Wigs. Scott passed advocate in 1792 but, in point of fact, his appointment as one of the Principal Clerks of Session in 1806 precluded practice at the bar (see Professional Life). Originally issued as a single etching, the caricature was later reprinted in Kay's posthumous Original Portraits (1837-38).

Click on the thumbnail right to view the portrait of Scott in its original setting. The image in the thumbnail is slightly enlarged; the original etching has a diameter of 1¼ inches.


  • Evans, Hilary, and Mary Evans. John Kay of Edinburgh: Barber, Miniaturist and Social Commentator (Aberdeen: Impulse Publications, 1973)
  • Kay, John. A Series of Original Portraits, With Biographical Sketches and Illustrative Anecdotes (Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1877)
  • Russell, Francis. Portraits of Sir Walter Scott: A Study of Romantic Portraiture (London: The Author, 1987)

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