John Donaldson - painter

John Donaldson

Born 1737 in Edinburgh
Died Oct 11, 1801 in Islington

Biography: 

Painter of some reknown. According to an obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine (Nov 1801) he was born in Edinburgh, the son of a glover.

Among his more memorable works is the head of David Hume which was prefixed to the Strachan and Cadell edition of Humes History of England.

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell had tea with Donaldson in his Downing Street lodgings on March 4, 1763, and recalled how Donaldson had once drawn a picture of John Johnston in Edinburgh. Donaldson was described by Boswell as an interesting person "defend[ing] adultery, and [...] oppos[ing] revealed religion." (LJ040363)