Sir William Allan(1782-1850), Painter and engraver; President of the Royal Scottish Academy
Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 9 portraits
Sir William Allan was educated at the Drawing Academy of Edinburgh and completed his training in London. He spent the years 1805-14 travelling in Russia, where he painted for the Russian nobility. On his return home, he set up a studio in Edinburgh, specialising in historical paintings. In 1835 Allan was elected to the Royal Academy in London. He served as President of the Royal Scottish Academy from 1838.
by John Horsburgh, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), published by Robert Hamilton, published by Hurst, Robinson & Co, after Sir William Allan
hand-coloured line engraving, published 1825-1826
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