Sir Walter Scott, 1771 - 1832. Novelist and poet

Sir Walter Scott, 1771 - 1832.  Novelist and Poet, 1822, Sir Henry Raeburn
Sir Walter Scott, 1771 - 1832. Novelist and Poet, 1822, Sir Henry Raeburn

Scott's historical novels were read and admired throughout Europe. Those which dealt with Scottish themes, like Heart of Midlothian and Waverley, have had a major influence on how Scots see their own past and on how Scotland is viewed from outside. This portrait was one of the last Raeburn ever worked on, the artist dying only days after its completion. Scott, however, is shown at the peak of his career. Within four years he was bankrupt, and his health was destroyed from the need to write his way out of debt.

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