(b Brussels, c.1659; d Edinburgh, 5 Oct. 1710). Painter of Spanish extraction active principally in Scotland. He moved from Flanders to London in 1686 and in about 1693 settled in Edinburgh, where he became the leading portraitist of his time—‘Kneller's equivalent in Scotland’ (Ellis Waterhouse). His pupil William Aikman (1682–1731) succeeded to his position—‘the equivalent in Scotland of both Richardson for his men's portraits and Jervas for his women's portraits’ (Waterhouse). In about 1723 Aikman settled in London.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.