The Edinburgh of John Kay: Portraits and Tales of Everyday Life in Edinburgh’s ‘Golden Age’
Melvin explores the works of the caricaturist and engraver John Kay as a lens into the cultural changes of Edinburgh in the 18th century. While initially Kay worked as a barber, the popularity of his drawings, said to be strong likenesses of their subjects, led to him pursuing his sketches full time. He sketched many of his contemporaries which included Adam Smith, James Hutton and Joseph Black. Melvin provides context for Kay’s work, allowing readers to appreciate the importance of his creations as providing an insight into his time.
Eric Melvin £12.99