The Wallace Collection

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Sir Walter Scott
  • Lizinka-Aimée-Zoé de Mirbel (1796 - 1849)
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • France
  • 1826
  • Painting
  • Watercolour and grey wash with touches of white on paper
  • Image size: 14.7 x 10.9 cm
  • Signature: 'Walter Scott'
    Inscription: 'This portrait is after nature by Mdl. Mirbel 6th Novr. 1826.'
  • P764
  • Reserve Gallery
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Further Reading
  • Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish novelist, poet and man of letters, who was created a baronet in 1820, enjoyed an enormous reputation in his lifetime, not least in France. In 1826 he visited Paris to gather material for his biography of Napoleon which was published the following year. He recorded in his journal that on 2 November Mme. de Mirbel begged him to allow her to draw his portrait and he sat to her on each of the following four days. She cried when they parted. James Fenimore Cooper (see Mirbel, 'James Fenimore Cooper', P763) attended the last sitting.