NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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Dr James Hamilton 1749-1835

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John Watson Gordon

DrJamesHamilton1749-1835
Dr James Hamilton 1749-1835 by John Watson Gordon
Oil on Canvas

Reg. Number: NHSL02006

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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John Watson Gordon (1788-1864) was a Scottish portrait painter from Edinburgh. Although he originally set out to become an engineer, he showed artistic talent which he chose to pursue as a career. He practiced with his uncle, George Watson, who was a respected portrait artist and the first president of the Royal Scottish Academy. He also learnt from the master portraitist, Sir Henry Raeburn. His earlier work showed more colour in comparison to his later works, which were simplified; often clear and grey, acutely observed and freely handled.

John Watson Gordon was elected as president of the RSA in 1851. It was around this time he was also appointed limner for Scotland to the Queen - a position previously held by Sir Henry Raeburn briefly before his death. During his lifetime he painted portraits of a number of famous figures, among them writer James Hogg, essayist Thomas De Quincey, and Sir Walter Scott. Many of Gordon’s portraits can be found in The National Portrait Gallery and his portrait of Sir Walter Scott is in the National Museum of Scotland.
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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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