"It was a Raeburn"
Portrait of Sir Walter Scott
Public DomainPortrait of Sir Walter Scott - Credit: Sir Henry Raeburn

 Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) was a Scottish portrait painter who was knighted and given a royal appointment (painter and limner) in Scotland by George IV.

He painted many well-known figures of the period who were either Scottish or had connections with Scotland, including Sir Walter Scott, Elizabeth Hamilton and Daniel Rutherford.

His style of portrait painting is considered less refined than that of Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds, who were both still alive when Raeburn was a young man. In this respect, he is seen as having anticipated the more impressionistic styles which became popular in the latter half of the 19th century.

The Elphinston Children
Public DomainThe Elphinston Children - Credit: Sir Henry Raeburn