Robert Heriot Westwater

Christopher Murray Grieve (pen name, 'Hugh MacDiarmid'), 1892 - 1978. Poet (1962)

About this artwork

Born in Langholm, Christopher Murray Grieve was one of the most influential Scots of the twentieth century. He was a prolific poet and essay writer, a founding member of the Scottish National Party, a Marxist and the leader of the Scottish literary renaissance. He revived and renewed Scots as a poetic language and used half a dozen pen names before settling for Hugh MacDiarmid, the name by which he is best known. Westwater's portrait was commissioned by public subscription and presented to the poet on his seventieth birthday in 1962.

Robert Heriot Westwater

Robert Heriot Westwater

Robert Heriot Westwater trained at Edinburgh College of Art. After a period of travel and study in Europe, he returned to Edinburgh and taught at the College of Art for ten years. He later settled in London where he worked as a full-time artist. He occasionally wrote art criticism for the Scotsman. His portraits, amongst which there are several of prominent Scots, reveal his admiration for Degas and Cézanne. He was an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy and a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.