John Horsburgh was a pupil of Robert Scott, the well known engraver, and
father of two distinguished artists.
His portraits included two of Sir Walter Scott and one of Robert Burns.
He also engraved some of the vignettes for the illustrated edition of Sir
Walter Scott's poetical works.
He died at 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh on 26 September 1869.
At the time of his death,
The Scotsman newspaper described him as an eminent engraver who
executed figures or landscapes with equal judgement and taste.
The Scotsman reported at the time of his death
- for upwards of 37 years, and until within a few days of
his death he gratuitously discharged the duties of the pastoral office in
the Original Scottish Baptist Church in Scotland.
- for the last 15 or 20 years, he may be said to have retired
from professional labour.
[Scotsman: 2 October 1869]