Benno Schotz

John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd Orr, 1880 - 1971. Nutritional physiologist (1950)

About this artwork

John Boyd Orr was born at Kilmaurs, near Kilmarnock. A biologist specialising in nutrition, he showed the value of milk in the health and growth of children. This led to legistation to provide free milk for all children in Scottish schools. Orr continued to draw attention to the poor diet of the British people and lobbied, unsuccessfuly, for government to take a more active role, with a national food policy linked to agriculture. Orr became the first director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. In 1949 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Benno Schotz

Benno Schotz

Born in Estonia, Benno Schotz came to Glasgow in 1913 to study engineering at Glasgow Royal Technical College. He then became a draughtsman with a Clyde shipping firm before going on to study sculpture at Glasgow School of Art. Schotz later became Head of the Sculpture and Ceramic Departments at the school in 1938. After his first one-man exhibition in 1926, Schotz became Scotland's leading portrait sculptor. Highly sensitive to the individuality of his subjects, Schotz worked very quickly and preferred his sitters to move and speak to him instead of being silent and still.