Loading... Please wait...
  •  Caricature John Kay "Dr. James Hamilton Senior" antique etching 
Antique Aquatint Etching designed and printed by John Kay for “Kay’s Edinburgh Portraits” Edinburgh c.1797
  • Detail of Cocked hat, necessary in the age of powdered wigs, Also the frilled shirt, or cravat of the "Empire Fashion Period".
  • Detail of Dr James Hamilton Senior's Shoe buckles and stocking. Also the strong, complete plate-mark.

Caricature John Kay Edinburgh Dr James Hamilton Antique Etching


Product Description

Antique Print, Aquatint etching, Caricature, Medical, John Kay, Edinburgh, Scotland, Dr. James Hamilton Senior, Trade Mission Hospital, Mary Erskine

"Dr. James Hamilton, Senior"

Aquatint etching by John Kay for “Kay's Edinburgh Portraits"                                                                                                                                                                                             Published Edinburgh 1797

Description = A small etching of a proud, well-dressed portly gentleman of Edinburgh. In confident mid-stride, he is wearing the fashionable gentleman's dark dress-coat, cocked hat, powdered wig, frilled shirt/cuffs, and silver buckled shoes.

Condition = Excellent. Printed on Flax/hemp wove paper. The slight corrugation is due to the paper being dampened, at the time of printing, to help stretch the paper over the copper plate, and facilitate the uptake of ink in the etched grooves.

Size of paper =19.6cm x 25.8cm ( 7 2/3x 10 1/3 inch ) / Plate-mark = 5cm x 8.2cm ( 2 x 3 1/4 inch)                                                                                                                                                                                                            Certificate of authenticity supplied.

Doctor James Hamilton, Senior

Dr Hamilton was for many years one of the ornaments of Edinburgh…At an early age he was elected one of the Physicians of the Royal Infirmary…for upwards of fifty years he continued to actively superintend these benevolent institutions…(gave) the world his well-known work, entitled “Observations on the Utility and Administration of Purgative Medicine in several Diseases”- one of the most elegant works which has ever issued from the press…”.

On Further research: it appears the Drs. Hamilton, Senior and Junior taught midwifery at the University of Edinburgh, was criticized by another Kay Caricature dedication, Dr. James Gregory, M.D. A consequence was court-proceeding by Hamilton Senior against Gregory for the lies deemed injurious to their reputations. This may have been reason enough to be chosen as a topic for caricature.

Trade Mission Hospital & Mary Erskine

 John Kay 1742-1826), Caricaturist.

John Kay was an apprenticed barber at 13, in 1771 managed to obtain the freedom to the city of Edinburgh when he joined the Company of the Barber-Surgeons. In 1784 he published his first caricature and in the following year, he opened a small print shop on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. He flourished with his sketches, and eventually published caricatures of local characters and odd folk that emerged from the Scottish Age of Enlightenment.



Other Details

AP Caricature:
John Kay:
Hospital Administrator:
Trade Mission Hospital:
Mary Erskine

Product Reviews

Write Review

This product hasn't received any reviews yet. Be the first to review this product!




View all categories

Recent Updates

Connect with us