The Flying Machine from Edinburgh in one day performed by Moggy Mackenzie at the Thistle and Crown (1762)

About this artwork

This etching attacks the supposed extraordinary emigration of Scots to England under the patronage of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713-92), who rose to power under the protection of George III. Lord Bute was the subject of numerous satires and caricatures, as were the Scots who secured jobs under his patronage. A contemporary letterpress described this work: “This shews that ‘Scotch’ Politicks are of no more Value than a Broomstick; and that an Old Woman and ‘Scotch’ Pedlar, are no more to be minded than Witchcraft.’

Paul Sandby

Paul Sandby

Sandby is best known for his topographical and picturesque landscapes in watercolour. He probably learned drawing from his brother Thomas, and like him became a military draughtsman for the Board of Ordnance at the Tower of London. In 1747 Sandby was appointed chief draughtsman to the Military Survey in Scotland, established in the wake of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Based in Edinburgh, where he taught Robert Adam drawing, he travelled throughout the country producing detailed maps for the army and painting both topographical and picturesque views. In 1768 he became a founder member of the Royal Academy, London.