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Six Engravings In Illustration Of Rob Roy For The Members Of The Royal Association for Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Rob Roy


: , 1868.

Physical Description

[8] f., [6] pl.; 427 mm.

General Note

The plates do not carry numbers, but are assigned numbers 1-6 in the List of Engravings.


[T.p.] - List of Engravings - [Plates, and texts.]

Responsibility Note

The List of Engravings names the source-artists and the engravers; and these names are repeated in the signatures to the plates. The draughtsmen or painters were Gourlay Steell, Rob(er)t Herdman, J.B. McDonald, John McWhirter and Sam. Bough. The engravers were Ja(me)s Stephenson, Robt. C. Bell, J(ohn) Le Conte, William Miller, William Forrest and Thomas Brown.

Each plate carries the imprint of the printer, McGlashon.

Summary Note

The six plates illustrate incidents in the historical novel, Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott (first published in 1817). Each carries a caption, which is repeated in the List of Engravings and at the head of the accompanying leaf of letter-press text, which carries a short extract from the novel. They show: 1. 'Cattle Lifting' (Introduction); 2. 'Diana Vernon And Frank Osbaldistone In The Library - The Glove Scene' (Chap. XVII.); 3. 'Rob Roy Parting The Duellists Rashleigh And Francis Osbaldistone' (Chap. XXV.); 4. 'The Clachan Of Aberfoil And Loch Ard - Morning' (Chap. XXX.); 5. 'The Escape Of Rob Roy At The Ford' (Chap. XXXIII.); 6. 'Loch Lomond' (Chap. XXXVI.). These subjects allow the artists to show not only figures but also the Scottish country.

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth, upper and lower covers decorated in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt, 'Illustrations of Rob Roy' and 'Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland 1868'.

Name as Subject


Scots - Great Britain - Scotland - History - 18th century - Fiction
Landscapes (environments) - Great Britain - Scotland - 19th century
Drawings - Engravings (prints) - Views - Landscapes (representations) - Narrative art - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


Gourlay Steell, source artist, draughtsman
Robert Herdman, source artist, draughtsman
John Blake McDonald, source artist, draughtsman
John MacWhirter RA, source artist, draughtsman
Samuel Bough, source artist, draughtsman
James Stephenson, engraver
Robert Charles Bell, engraver
John Le Conte, engraver
William Miller, engraver
William Forrest, engraver
Thomas Brown, engraver
Alexander MacGlashon, intaglio printer
Sir Walter Scott Bt., Rob Roy
Royal Association For The Promotion Of The Fine Arts In Scotland