Correspondence of George Walker, Edinburgh (fl. 1801-1816)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of letters to the Earl of Buchan on painting, art education and collecting in Edinburgh, and to Dr. Samual Holland on Queen Mary's seal ring, and to the sponsor of the Coypright Bill of the period.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Walker is described in the collection as having been a drawing master in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh directories for the period 1809-1816 indicate a George Walker, landscape painter to His Majesty, with drawing and painting academy, residing first at Hunter Square in the old town centre, and then in nearby Nicolson Street, Edinburgh.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material purchased along with others, October 1971, Accession no. E71.33.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection, and Edinburgh directories. 1809-1816. [Microfilm].

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show other references to Walker related material in the Laing Collection (check the Indexes for more details): letters to G. J. Thorkelin, 1816, at La.III.379/833-834; introductory letters mentioned in a letter from David, 11th Earl of Buchan, 1808, at La.II.588; correspondence between Walker, Cadell and Davies, and Cririe, relating to the publication of Cririe's Scottish scenery, ornamented with engravings by W. Byrne from views painted by Walker, 1803, at La.II.648/260-282; prospectus of The artists' assistant to contain treatises by Russell, Walker, and others, 1805, at La.II.648/284; and, title of a book wanted by Walker with note by Dalzel, at La.II.648/285.