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244 Portraits in set: John Kay etchings, 1784-1818

Etchings chronicling all walks of life in Edinburgh society at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries by the little known etcher John Kay. Kay was an ex-barber and native of Edinburgh who turned to etching relatively late in life and produced many hundreds of original naïve and mostly humorous portraits of his fellow citizens.

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D31988

William Martin

by John Kay
etching, 1784
NPG D31988

D32347

John Campbell

by John Kay
etching and aquatint, circa 1784-1795
NPG D32347

D18638

William Cullen

by John Kay
etching, 1784
NPG D18638

D16778

John Henderson; Mr Charteris

by John Kay
etching and aquatint, 1784
NPG D16778

D16779

John Henderson; Mr Charteris

by John Kay
etching and aquatint, 1784
NPG D16779