Oil on canvas
38 x 64 cm
Wilson was born in Ayr in 1774. He moved to Edinburgh and is believed to have received tuition from Alexander Naysmith. He later moved to London and is first mentioned exhibiting at The Royal Academy in 1807. Here the Scot enjoyed success and principally exhibited at The British Institution and The Society of British Artists. Wilson was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1827 and regularly exhibited there too. This picture is likely to date from this period of commercial success in 1830-1840. Various patrons continued to exhibit work on his behalf after his death. This example of Tantallon could possibly be a work exhibited in 1863 at the RSA with the same title, lent by the Solicitor General of the time.