David Martin 1737-1798

Portrait painter and engraver David Martin was born in Anstruther Easter, Fife, and was taught by Allan Ramsay in London, with whom he subsequently travelled to Rome. He established his own studio in Edinburgh in the 1770s and became the most important portrait painter in Scotland before Henry Raeburn. Appointed painter to the Prince of Wales in Scotland, David Martin's sitters included members of the Scottish Enlightenment and other society figures. His portrait of Benjamin Franklin (1767) hangs in the White House, Washington, DC.