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David Downie. DAVID DOWNIE Edinburgh goldsmith

David Downie. DAVID DOWNIE Edinburgh goldsmith

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David Downie. DAVID DOWNIE Edinburgh goldsmith

DAVID DOWNIE Edinburgh goldsmith and radical politician, tried for treason in 1794. Date: CIRCA 1794

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1794 Downie Edinburgh Goldsmith Radical Treason


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This print takes us back to the year 1794, capturing a moment frozen in time. The subject of this image is none other than David Downie, an Edinburgh goldsmith and radical politician who faced trial for treason during this tumultuous period in history. David Downie's intense gaze pierces through the lens, revealing a man of great determination and conviction. His finely crafted attire reflects his profession as a goldsmith, while also hinting at his social status within Edinburgh's elite circles. The backdrop of this portrait adds depth to the narrative - an old-world charm emanates from the dimly lit room with its ornate furnishings and delicate draperies. It serves as a reminder that even amidst political turmoil, life continued to unfold within these walls. This photograph not only captures David Downie's likeness but also offers us a glimpse into the broader historical context of 18th-century Scotland. It reminds us that behind every name mentioned in history books lies a real person with their own story to tell. As we contemplate this image, we are transported back in time, invited to reflect on the bravery and resilience displayed by individuals like David Downie who dared to challenge societal norms and fight for their beliefs.

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