John Beugo was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1759. He was a well-known reproductive engraver who made prints after portraits by Raeburn, Nasmyth, Reynolds and others, as well as after the macabre anatomical drawings of John Bell. He was the teacher of engraver Robert Charles Bell (1806- 1872), who may well have been the son or nephew of John Bell. Beugo published a book of verse in 1797 called “Poetry, Miscellaneous and Dramatic, by an Artist”. He became the leading Scottish engraver of the day, his work including notes for both the Commercial and the British Linen Banks.