George Jameson

(George Jamesone)

1586 - 1644

Portraitist, sometimes called 'The Scottish Van Dyke'. Jameson was born in Aberdeen, the son of master mason Andrew Jameson (or Jamesone). He trained in Antwerp under the supervision of artist Peter Paul Rubens. In 1612, he was apprenticed to the Edinburgh painter, John Anderson and went on to become a portrait painter. He was commissioned by the city fathers of Edinburgh to copy portraits of the Scottish Kings as a present for King Charles I, who visited Scotland for the first time in 1633. The King rewarded Jameson with a diamond ring and this greatly boosted his reputation and career. He was patronised by the Campbells of Breadalbane. One of many works executed for them was a 'family tree' illustrated by miniature portraits, which is now in the possession of the Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh). Other portraits by Jameson are held by the University of Aberdeen.

He died in Edinburgh and is remembered by a plaque on the outside wall of Moubray House.

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