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David Allan - (1744-96)- Artist

Known as 'the Scottish Hogarth'. He was born in Alloa and educated at the Academy of Art founded by Robert Foulis and forming part of the University of Glasgow from 1754 to 1775. Allan enjoyed the patronage of several noble families and studied in Rome before being appointed Director of the Trustees of the Academy of Art in Edinburgh in 1786. He was best known for his pastoral work, his illustrations to THe Gentle Shepherd by Allan Ramsay made him a household name. Through his friendship with George Thomson, Allan illustrated A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs, work which Robert Burns admired greatly: "He is the only Artist who has hit genuine Pastoral costume." He also made engravings for Burns's Tam O'Shanter and The Cotter's Saturday Night. Other work illustrated by Allan included The Seasons by James Thomson.

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