DEMPSTER, George (1732–1818), advocate and politician. Relief portrait in wax after James Tassie, with the inscription on the truncation: GEO. DEMPSTER ESQUIER M P. FOR PERTH & C 1787 SEC TO THE M.N.O. Tassie f. Mounted onto light brown velvet within a circular black painted wood frame (71mm in diameter).
George Dempster FRSE, FSA (Scot), was a Scottish advocate, landowner, agricultural improver and politician. He served as Member of Parliament for Perth (1761-1790); founded the bank George Dempster & Co. in 1763; was a Director of the East India Company from 1769; served as Provost of St Andrews (1780) and as a Director of the Highland Society of Scotland (1789). He was a key figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, a lifelong friend of the philosopher Adam Ferguson and the Rev. Alexander Carlyle.
James Tassie (1735–1799) the Scottish gem engraver and modeller, sculpted many relief profile portraits in wax from life of famous British figures. These were used as a base to produce fine sulphide portrait medallions, which in turn were often used as a base to replicate wax portraits, as this example.