1782 - 1850
Sir William Allan's career started at a Leith coach-maker's before entering the Trustees' Academy where he met David Wilkie, a life-long friend and influence. After moving to London in 1803 he began an association with the Royal Academy, becoming an academician in 1835. Allan painted historical subjects and portraits of patrons and their acquaintances during his many years in Russia and later back in Scotland. He was particularly favoured by Sir Walter Scott and illustrated some of the author's Waverley novels. A knighthood came with Allan's appointment as queen's limner in Scotland in 1841.