Engraving of a room at Abbotsford
Artist: Roberts, D.
This drawing of a room at Abottsford is by David Roberts. Roberts was a friend of Sir Walter Scott and a frequent visitor to Abbotsford. Scott was a passionate collector of historic relics. His collection of armour and weapons included Rob Roy’s pistol and the Earl of Montrose’s sword – perhaps the sword shown in this drawing, which was engraved by Edward Finden. Roberts was one of the artists who submitted designs for the Scott memorial in Edinburgh. In a varied career, he graduated from painting backcloths for theatres to publishing volumes of topographical views of Spain and the Middle East. He was much respected as a landscape artist with a particular eye for architectural features.