Elected RSA: 07 October 1829

John Syme R.S.A. was born at Edinburgh in 1793.

He studied at the Trustees Academy, and was a good deal employed by Raeburn as an assistant.

After the death of the latter, he enjoyed very good practice as a portrait painter, but bad health in his later years removed him almost entirely from the practice of his profession.


He was one of the original members of the Royal Scottish Academy, indeed always claimed where been its founder. He died in 1861.


RSA Obituary, transcribed from the 1861 RSA Annual Report


Further Images

John Syme RSA (1795-1861) Portrait of The Solicitor General, Lord Cockburn

oil on canvas, 1831, 127 x 11.4cm

RSA Diploma Collection (Deposited 1831) 2008.055