The Etchings of John Clerk of Eldin
with contributing essays
Iain Gordon Brown John Clerk of Eldin & ‘The Virtuoso Genius of the Family’
Duncan Macmillan Scottish Printmakers in the Eighteenth Century
John Clerk of Eldin (1728-1812) was one of many remarkable individuals who made their
mark in 18th century Scotland, in a period known as the Age of Enlightenment. He was connected
with several significant Edinburgh figures who are recognised for their work in Art, Science and
Philosophy. Part of Clerk of Eldin’s legacy is the 100 and more landscape etchings that he made
between 1770 and 1778/9.
As someone who always travelled with a sketchbook, he was encouraged by his ‘virtuosi
friends’ to etch his views. This he did, teaching himself the technique at a time when etching was
not widely used by Scottish artists. This book outlines Clerk’s background, his life, his etching
technique and sources of influence, as well as his thoughts on art and landscape. Clerk’s etchings
reflect a growing new appreciation of Scotland and its historic landscape, from both within and
without the nation.
This book is published to mark the 200th anniversary of Clerk of Eldin’s death on 10th May 1812.
Published by Enterprise Editions 2012 - Hardback
180 pages - 3 colour, 147 black/white illustrations - 210 x 210 mm
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