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Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), Portrait painter
Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 72 portraits
Born in Scotland, Henry Raeburn was first apprenticed to a goldsmith, but turned to painting miniatures, in which art he was apparently self-taught. In around 1780 Raeburn married Ann Leslie, a wealthy widow, and was able to travel and study in Italy under Pompeo Batoni. Upon his return to Edinburgh, Raeburn became a prolific and fashionable portrait artist. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1815, was appointed king's limner for Scotland and was knighted in 1823.