was born in Scotland, and educated under Sir John Medina. He came young to London, travelled to Italy, and visited Turkey, and returned through London to Scotland, where he was patronised by John, Duke of Argyle, the general, and many of the nobility. After two or three years he settled in London, and met with no less encouragement; but falling into a long and languishing distemper, his physicians advised him to try his native air, but he died at his house in Leicester-fields, in June, 1731, aged fifty. 1 His body, by his own desire, was carried to and interred in Scotland. Vertue commends his portrait of Gay, for the great likeness, and quotes the following lines, addressed to Aikman on one of his performances, by S. Boyse :—
"As Nature blushing and astonish'd eyed
Young Aikman's draught, surprised the goddess cried,
Where didst thou form, rash youth, the bold design
To teach thy labours to resemble mine ?
So soft thy colours, yet so just thy stroke,
That undetermined on thy work I look.
To crown thy art couldst thou but language join,
The form had spoke, and call'd the conquest thine."
In Mallet's works is an epitaph 2 on Mr. Aikman and his only son (who died before him), and who were both interred in the same grave.
of the same country with the preceding, was son of a clergyman, and I think descended from their boasted Jamisone. He travelled to Italy, and in 1718 etched some plates after Raphael. In 1721, was printed a letter to a friend at Edinburgh, describing a staircase painted at the castle of Gordon, with the rape of Proserpine, by this Mr. Alexander.____________________