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John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), Biographer and novelist

Sitter in 6 portraits
Literary journalist; a brilliant advocate of the tory point of view he contributed to Blackwood's Magazine in Edinburgh and later settled in London as editor of the Quarterly Magazine, 1825; best known for his biography of Sir Walter Scott, his father-in-law.; it is considered one of the most important works in the history of biography. Much of Lockhart's seven-volume work was based on his own intimate relationship with his subject, also his father-in-law. The biography was attacked by contemporaries for exposing Scott's faults, but it is now considered to be an idealised account of Scott's dazzling literary success, its honesty compromised 'by regard for the feelings of living persons' at the time of publication.

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John Gibson Lockhart

by Daniel Maclise
pen and ink, watercolour and pencil, corners diagonally cut, 1830
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John Gibson Lockhart

after Daniel Maclise
pen and ink, (published 1830)
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John Gibson Lockhart

by George Thomas Doo, published by John Samuel Murray, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, circa 1854
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John Gibson Lockhart

by James Faed, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 31 January 1856
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John Gibson Lockhart

after David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
sepia matte reproduction of a calotype, published 1928 (1843-1848)
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John Gibson Lockhart

by James Faed, published by Henry Graves, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 31 January 1856
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