Portrait of Hugh Blair, rhetorician, 1718-1800

According to the plaque on this portrait, Hugh Blair, M. A., D. D,  was

  • Regius Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Edinburgh 1762-1784,
  • Joint Regius Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres, 1784-1800.

These photos of the Hugh Blair portrait by David Marsden, c. 1775, were taken in a stairwell of University of Edinburgh Old College, July 2015 when attending a conference there. It’s not in a gallery open to the public.



The University of Edinburgh Art Collection website has a better online reproduction of this work (copyrighted photo). I cannot locate a policy on their collections website regarding online sharing of personal photographs made of their collections. I am willing to share these photographic images under a Creative Commons license:

Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

My photos are not the best quality reproductions, but they nevertheless enable you to appreciate the work from the point of view of a person standing on the stairs next to the object.


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