Sir Henry Raeburn was born - On this day in history

04 March 2022
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Portrait painter Sir Henry Raeburn was born on 4 March 1756. ...

On 4 March 1756, artist Sir Henry Raeburn was born in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Raeburn was orphaned at a young age and educated at Heriot's Hospital, after which he was apprenticed to a jeweller. Here, he showed early signs of his talent, producing miniature paintings to decorate pieces of jewellery.

One of Raeburn's earliest portraits was of Anne, the daughter of the wealthy Peter Edgar of Bridgelands, who would soon become his wife.

Raeburn was knighted by King George IV in 1822 and among his many celebrated portraits are paintings of:

  • James Duff 4th Earl of Fife
  • Sir David Baird
  • John Crichton-Stuart 2nd Marquess of Bute
  • Lady Raeburn
  • Reverend Robert Walker, subject of the painting The Skating Minister
  • Sir Walter Scott


Henry Raeburn died on 8 July 1823 at the age of 66 and is commemorated by a memorial at the church of St John the Evangelist in Edinburgh.

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Sir Henry Raeburn by Edward Pinnington