Eric Linklater, 1899 - 1974. Novelist (1949)
About this artwork
Like Byron before him, Eric Linklater was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and his best known novel, 'Juan in America' (1931), is a humorous narration of the adventures of Juan Motley, a descendent of Byron's Don Juan, let loose on the United States during the prohibition years. Many of Linklater's other novels draw on his varied experiences: as a Scottish National Party candidate, service in Italy during the Second World War and Edinburgh during the1950s. But it was Orkney, the land of his ancestors and for many years his own home, that inspired much of his writing.
- title: Eric Linklater, 1899 - 1974. Novelist
- accession number: PGP 43.5
- artist: Lida MoserAmerican (born 1920)
- depicted: Eric Linklater
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Scottish literature Writing and literature
- materials: Silver gelatine print
- date created: 1949
- measurements: 30.40 x 25.40 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1984
- copyright: © The Estate of Lida Moser/National Galleries of Scotland
The photojournalist, Lida Moser, began her career in 1947 while a student in Berenice Abbot's studio in New York. She worked initially for 'Vogue' from 1949 and then for many other leading picture magazines, including 'Harper's Bazaar' and 'Look'. Across a varied commercial career, Moser gained a particular reputation for her portraits of artists, authors and musicians, shot mainly in Britain and the United States. Moser's first 'Vogue' assignment was titled 'Scottish Talents,' comprising portraits of leading Scottish artists and writers.