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Aikman, Williamlocked

(b Cairnie, Forfar, Tayside, Oct 24, 1682; d London, June 4, 1731).
  • Hugh Belsey

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Scottish painter. He came from a professional background, and his maternal uncle, Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, may have provided Aikman with an introduction to Sir John Baptist Medina, under whom he studied painting in London from 1704. In 1707 Aikman set out on travels to Italy, Constantinople (now Istanbul) and Smyrna, on the proceeds made from the sale of his estate at Cairnie. When he returned to Edinburgh in ...

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