Sir Thomas Dick Lauder

Rev. John Thomson of Duddingston, 1778 - 1840. Landscape painter (1831)

About this artwork

The celebrated amateur landscape painter, the Reverend John Thomson of Duddingston, is shown sketching on a camp-stool, his dog Bronte by his side. As a divinity student in Edinburgh he had attended classes held by Alexander Nasmyth and, like his teacher, he believed in working directly from nature. This informal drawing, also made outdoors, is by his friend, the writer and naturalist Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, who was also a keen amateur artist.

  • title: Rev. John Thomson of Duddingston, 1778 - 1840. Landscape painter
  • accession number: PG 1285
  • artist: Sir Thomas Dick LauderScottish (1784 - 1848)
  • depicted: Rev. John Thomson
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • materials: Pencil on paper
  • date created: 1831
  • measurements: 27.50 x 21.80 cm
  • credit line: Presented by Captain D.M. Anderson 1935

Sir Thomas Dick Lauder

Sir Thomas Dick Lauder

Primarily a writer, Sir Thomas Dick Lauder was also an engineer, chemist, geologist, surveyor, musician and artist. He spent much of his time exploring Scotland and recording his travels in word and picture. Born in Midlothian, he lived for many years on his wife's estate near Elgin. He became a baronet on the death of his father in 1820 and moved to Edinburgh in 1832. As Secretary to the Board of Scottish Manufactures, he was instrumental in the establishment of technical and art schools.