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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 - NPG 5514

John Gibson Lockhart

by Daniel Maclise
pen and ink, watercolour and pencil, corners diagonally cut, 1830
NPG 5514

John Gibson Lockhart, after Daniel Maclise - NPG D34539

John Gibson Lockhart

after Daniel Maclise
pen and ink, (published 1830)
NPG D34539

John Gibson Lockhart, by George Thomas Doo, published by  John Samuel Murray, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D16137

John Gibson Lockhart

by George Thomas Doo, published by John Samuel Murray, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, circa 1854
NPG D16137

John Gibson Lockhart, by James Faed, after  Sir Francis Grant - NPG D3607

John Gibson Lockhart

by James Faed, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 31 January 1856
NPG D3607

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John Gibson Lockhart

after David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
sepia matte reproduction of a calotype, 1843-1848; published 1928
NPG Ax29528

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John Gibson Lockhart

by James Faed, published by Henry Graves, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 31 January 1856
NPG D20218


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