Bust of Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)
Sir Francis Chantrey, British, 1781 - 1841
When Chantrey executed this bust, Sir Walter Scott-author of Rob Roy and Ivanhoe-was the most famous living writer in Europe. Chantrey, who portrayed many leading figures of the time, devised a cloaklike, tartan garment suitable for Scott's associations with romanticism, medievalism, and Scotland. While the subtle smile captures the author's warm and charming personality, the artist's distinctive use of broad surfaces creates a generalized image intended for posterity.
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