John Kay was a prolific, yet untrained, etcher and engraver in Edinburgh who was active from the 1780s into the early decades of the nineteenth century. From his shop on the High Street he produced hundreds of etchings of local characters, who were not always aware they were being turned into a work of art, ranging from eminent lawyers to thieves and murderers. Although the etchings are relatively simple, they offer a unique insight into Edinburgh society, particularly into how the clothed masculine body could be represented and interpreted. Sally Tuckett is lecturer in dress and textile histories at the University of Glasgow. She has studied the clothing and textile cultures of eighteenth and nineteenth century Scotland, ranging from tartan to Turkey red dyed and printed cotton. She has published on national dress and identity in Scotland and aspects of the Scottish textile industry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.