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Sir Henry Raeburn

(1756-1823), Portrait painter

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 75 portraits
Born in Scotland, Henry Raeburn was first apprenticed to a goldsmith, but turned to painting miniatures, an art in which 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 the artist Pompeo Batoni. Upon his return to Edinburgh, Raeburn became a prolific and fashionable portrait artist. Raeburn also acted as trustee to the will of Alexander Edgar in which capacity he oversaw the selling of Edgar’s slaves in Jamaica. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1815, and was appointed King's Limner for Scotland and was knighted in 1823.

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Sir Henry Raeburn, by William Camden Edwards, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D39169

Sir Henry Raeburn

by William Camden Edwards, after Sir Henry Raeburn
line engraving, (circa 1815)
NPG D39169

Sir Henry Raeburn, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG D6569

Sir Henry Raeburn

after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1816-1822
NPG D6569

Sir Henry Raeburn, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D39170

Sir Henry Raeburn

by and published by William Walker, after Sir Henry Raeburn
mezzotint, published 1 January 1826 (circa 1815)
NPG D39170


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