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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

(1771-1832), Novelist and poet

Sitter associated with 45 portraits
The Edinburgh-born poet, novelist and critic Scott was an immensely successful writer before turning to the great historical romances for which he is now best known. Works like Waverley (1814) and Rob Roy (1817) had a seminal impact on the creation of Scotland's national identity. A passionate Tory, a proud landowner and a co-founder of the Quarterly Review, with Byron, Scott was among the most popular and commercially successful writers of his age. Although a prolific novelist of great influence, his later years were dogged by the need to pay off the colossal debts incurred by his business partner.

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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG 993

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1841 (1820)
NPG 993

Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, attributed to Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG 1650

Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

attributed to Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
ink and wash, 1821
NPG 1650

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG 2811

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
pen and ink, 1824?
NPG 2811

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG 391

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
oil on panel, circa 1824
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 391

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, replica by John Graham Gilbert - NPG 240

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

replica by John Graham Gilbert
oil on canvas, 1829
NPG 240

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by William Brockedon - NPG 2515(30)

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by William Brockedon
pencil and chalk, circa 1830
NPG 2515(30)

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Augustin Edouart - NPG 1638

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Augustin Edouart
silhouette, 1830-1831
NPG 1638

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Sir William Allan - NPG 2646

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Sir William Allan
pencil and chalk, 1831
NPG 2646

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Sir William Allan - NPG 321

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Sir William Allan
oil on board, 1831
NPG 321

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Lennie, after  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG Ax138001

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Lennie, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s (1820)
NPG Ax138001

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by J.E., after  Unknown artist - NPG D4182

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by J.E., after Unknown artist
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D4182

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Charles Picart, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  William Evans, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D16117

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Charles Picart, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Henry Raeburn
stipple engraving, published 21 December 1811
NPG D16117

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Edward Mitchell, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D32443

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Edward Mitchell, after Sir Henry Raeburn
line engraving, (1822)
NPG D32443

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Daniel Maclise, printed by  Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co, published by  James Fraser - NPG D5926

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Daniel Maclise, printed by Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co, published by James Fraser
lithograph, published 1830
NPG D5926

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Augustin Edouart - NPG D16382

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Augustin Edouart
cut paper and ink, 1830-1831
NPG D16382

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Benjamin William Crombie, published by  Rudolph Ackermann - NPG D42314

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Benjamin William Crombie, published by Rudolph Ackermann
hand-coloured lithograph, published 1831
NPG D42314

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Benjamin William Crombie, published by  Rudolph Ackermann - NPG D20414

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Benjamin William Crombie, published by Rudolph Ackermann
hand-coloured lithograph, published 1831
NPG D20414

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by John Henry Robinson, printed by  Lloyd & Henning, published by  Moon, Boys & Graves, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D19563

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by John Henry Robinson, printed by Lloyd & Henning, published by Moon, Boys & Graves, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
line engraving
NPG D19563

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by R.M. Hodgetts, published by  Hugh Paton - NPG D18854

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by R.M. Hodgetts, published by Hugh Paton
mezzotint, published 1837 or after
NPG D18854

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by George Henry Phillips, published by  William Tegg, after  Charles Robert Leslie - NPG D20026

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by George Henry Phillips, published by William Tegg, after Charles Robert Leslie
mezzotint, published 17 February 1864
NPG D20026

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