Caricature Antique John Kay Edinburgh "Earl of Moira-Addressing the Loyal Edinburgh Spearmen" 1803
Antique Aquatint etching by John Kay for “Kays Edinburgh Portraits” Published Edinburgh 1803
John Kay (1742-1826) was an apprenticed barber at 13, in 1771 managed to obtained the freedom to the city of Edinburgh when he joined the corporation of the barber-surgeons. In 1784 he published his first caricature and in the following year he opened a small print shop in the Royal Mile. He flourished with his sketches, and eventually published caricatures of local characters and odd folk that emerged from the Scottish Age of Enlightenment.