logoIllustrating Scott

Record Number: MAG0065

Related Work: Saint Ronan's Well

Illustration Title/Caption: Sir Walter Scott, Bart.

Keyword(s): Dogs - Mountains & Hills - Portraits - Scott, Sir Walter

Artist: John Watson Gordon

Engraver: John Horsburgh

Work Type: steel engraving

Size(cm): 10.5 x 8

Date: 1832

Source Text: Waverley Novels [Magnum Opus edition], 48 vols (Edinburgh: Cadell & Company, 1829-33)

Position in Source Text: vol. 33 (frontispiece)

Location of Copy: EUL, Corson A.7.a.1829-33/33

Image File Name: No image available for this record.

Notes: Depicts Scott seated with cane in hand with his dog Bran in the bottom right corner; a view of the Eildon Hills is to the left. Disliking a recent portrait by David Wilkie, Robert Cadell commissioned this portrait in March 1830, planning to have it engraved to accompany a volume of the Magnum Opus edition of the novels. (See Russell, Francis, 'Portraits of Sir Walter Scott' (London: White Brothers, 1987), Item 55, pp.40-41). Also appears in the Centenary edition of the Waverley Novels: see #CEN0001. (Another engraving of the same portrait, by Henry Robinson, appears as the frontispiece to vol. 1 of the Fisher edition of the Waverley Novels. See #FIS0001).

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