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The empty chair

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 16 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1539
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) was an Edinburgh painter whose output reflected his role in the Scottish Enlightenment. Agreeably, fluently, and for a decent fee, he painted everyone who was anyone, leaving hundreds of portraits, most of them unremarkable but for the distinction of their sitters.

    A few are memorable. His skating clergyman glided briefly across the nation's postage stamps a few years ago. His portrait of Mrs Scott-Moncrieff is also widely reproduced. Once, in a frigate in the South China Sea …

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