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David Martin

1737-1797 Scotland/Portraitist


Brief Biography-David Martin was born in Fife in 1737. He was a disciple of Allan Ramsay and travelled to Rome with him, and on his return, he entered Saint Martin’s Lane Academy, after which he worked in Ramsay’s studio from 1860 to 1770. After that, Martin set up a mezzotint engraver and portraitist studio in London. He was also a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists and became a painter to the Prince of Wales in Scotland. He married and lived in Soho, London, until his wife died in 1798, when he moved to Edinburgh, where he spent his last years. His most famous portrait is of Benjamin Franklin, which hangs in the White House.


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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin with Bust of Isaac Newton

Charlotte Finch

Charlotte Finch-Duchess of Somerset

Elizabeth Rennie

Elizabeth Rennie-Viscountess Melville

Henry Dundas

Henry Dundas First Viscount Melville

Henry Home

Henry Home-Lord James