'July 12 —...Well, I have dawdled and written letters sorely against the grain all day. Also I have been down to see Will Allan's picture of the Landing of Queen Mary, which he has begun in a great style;...'
William Allan finished his Mary Queen of Scots Arriving in Leith in 1827, and it must have been well underway when Walter Scott saw it on July 12, 1826 (text from Scott’s Journal). Known earlier for his paintings of Russian life, Scott at one point helped sell one of Allan's paintings, Circassian Captives, by lottery (1815). Allan turned to Scottish historical themes after this point, some of which were influenced by Scott.