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Edgar Allan Poe

James Anderson (1802 - 1887)

Period:
18th Century
Description:

James Anderson was the son of William Anderson, Session Clerk of Kilmarnock. James himself was an accountant in the Union Bank. He set up business on his own and for a long time acted as auditor for the Corporation of Kilmarnock. He was a trustee, secretary and treasurer of the Bellfield Trust and later became its chairman.

James was also a man of considerable musical talent and was the writer of a number of hymn tunes, the best known of which is "St. Marnock's".

He was born and brought up in Townend, Kilmarnock and he had a clear memory of playing, as a boy, with the young Edgar Allan Poe when he visited Kilmarnock in 1816. He can have been no older than 20 when this portrait was painted.

Materials/Media:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
760 x 640mm
Source:
The Dick Institute
Accession number:
FA/A211
Digital Number:
EAFA056n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council