John Donaldson

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Donaldson, the son of a glover was evidently poor and whilst very young supported himself by copying engravings and executing miniatures. He was awarded premiums by theEdinburgh Society of Arts. He exhibited in London at the Free  Society of Artists in 1764. A man of unsettled habits he took up chemistyr and patented a method of preserving vegetables and meat. Published a volume of poems and an essay on the Elments of Beautry, 1780

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JOHN DONALDSON F.S.A (1737-1801)
A strong portrait miniature of a Noble Lady with powdered hair
John Donaldson, circa 1790 A strong portrait of a Noble Lady with the initials SS, with powdered hair, wearing a white dress with frilled collar,...
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JOHN DONALDSON F.S.A (1737-1801)
A strong portrait miniature of a young Gentleman
he wears a blue coat with gold buttons, white waistcoat and large frilled cravat, his powdered hair en queue Set in the original gold frame with b...
£1,500
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JOHN DONALDSON F.S.A (1737-1801)
An officer of the 9th Regiment
Wearing scarlet uniform with yellow facings and silver paired buttons. Set in gilt-metal mount with plaited hair on the reverse The crown on th...
£1,200
Ellison Fine Art
JOHN DONALDSON F.S.A (1737-1801)
An unknown Lady
She wears a bluedress with white fichu, a rope of pearls entwined in her brown curly hair John Donaldson was born at Edinburgh in 1737, and di...
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JOHN DONALDSON F.S.A (1737-1801)
Portrait miniature of a Countess, wearing white dress with ruffled neckline and ...
Relatively few works have emerged from Donaldson’s hand, although he appears to have been a well-known artist in his day. When the Scottish histo...
£4,750
Philip Mould & Company