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Portrait, of Charles Cowan, paper manufacturer, Penicuik, Midlothian

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Portrait, of Charles Cowan, paper manufacturer, Penicuik, Midlothian
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This silhouette portrait, dated 1781, is of Charles Cowan, a paper manufacturer in Penicuik in Midlothian.

The portrait is contained within a walnut-veneered frame.

The paper-making industry was concentrated in Midlothian to meet the demands of the Edinburgh printers. Businesses, banks, law courts, the university and publishers all created a large demand for paper.

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