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The Great and the Small Are There, by John Kay

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The Great and the Small Are There, by John Kay

Major-General Roger Aytoun, who was six feet four, is shown with the Duc d'Angouleme, who was five feet four. In the background is the 1st Regiment of Edinburgh Volunteers, whose uniform was blue with red facings.

The Duke was the eldest son of King Charles X of France. He lived at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh for some years after the French Revolution.

John Kay was born near Edinburgh in 1742. A keen artist from childhood, he was a barber until 1785 when he became a full-time engraver and painter of miniatures. His portraits of Edinburgh characters are vivid and unmistakable.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-228-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  Lib.1640.70
Date: 1797
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 280 mm H
What: Print / portrait
Subject: Prints
Who: Duc d'Angouleme
John Kay (artist)
Major-General Roger Aytoun
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (depicted)
Description: Portrait of Major-General Aytoun and the Duc d'Angouleme at Saturday drill of the Royal Edinburgh Volunteers, by John Kay, Edinburgh, 1797. From Kay's Portraits. Volume II, Plate LXX.
  • Kay, John A series of original portraits and caricature etchings with biographical sketches and anecdotes 2 volumes Edinburgh: Hugh Paton, 1837-38 
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