The Ed­in­burgh of John Kay: Por­traits and Tales of Ev­ery­day Life in Ed­in­burgh’s ‘Golden Age’

SCOTS Heritage Magazine - - Books - By Eric Melvin

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

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