Half length portrait of Hepburn, shown full face, his left hand before his chest. The costume and background are both very dark.
Hepburn was the laird of Cloquhalzie, an estate in the parish of Trinity-Gask, Perthshire. He founded three bursaries for divinity students of the Church of Scotland. The Hepburn Bursaries were to be awarded on the basis of an examination which included a paper on the Gospels. In the case of one award a preference was to be given to Gaelic-speaking students. John Stewart Hepburn also founded the Hepburn Prize, an annual award of £20 for an essay by a student in the Faculty of Divinity.