David Scott 1806-1849

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Scott first studied under his father, the engraver Robert Scott, and then a the Trustees' Academy from 1827. He was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy three years after the commencement of his studies, and one year before this work was painted.

Scott was primarily an historical painter, though was greatly interested in mysticism and supernatural. This is reflected in a dark self-portrait from 1732 in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.