Sir George Reid

Sir Henry Duncan Littlejohn, 1826 - 1914. President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (about 1907)

About this artwork

As Edinburgh's first Medical Officer of Health, Henry Littlejohn did much to educate the city's population in matters of personal and public hygiene. During his term, the death rate dropped dramatically and cases of smallpox and typhus became a rarity. A Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at Edinburgh University, he was also a brilliant teacher, holding his classes of over 250 students spell-bound. Shown here as if pausing in mid-sentence during a lecture, Littlejohn received this portrait as a retirement gift from his pupils in 1907.

Sir George Reid

Sir George Reid

Reid was born in Aberdeen and worked first as a lithographer before moving to Edinburgh in 1862 to study at the Trustees' Academy. In 1866, supported by the Aberdeen collector, John Forbes White, he went to Holland to study under the landscape and genre painter, Gerrit Mollinger. He became a close friend of Jozef Israels. He returned to Scotland in 1869, producing landscapes and portraits influenced by both Dutch and French contemporary painting. He was elected President of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1891 and knighted in 1902.