About this artwork

This horticulturalist gave his name to the 'James Grieve' apple, a variety specially bred to suit the Scottish climate and still grown by many gardeners today. Born in Peebles, Grieve was apprenticed to a local nursery at the age of twelve and worked in the gardens of Stobo Castle before moving to Edinburgh as a nursery manager. He eventually set up his own family business with his two sons. Grieve was well known for his successful hybridisation of many flowers, especially violas, pinks and carnations and he produced a number of award-winning new apples.This informal portrait shows Grieve dressed for work, hoe in hand.

Henry Wright Kerr

Henry Wright Kerr

Henry Wright Kerr was born in Edinburgh and after being apprenticed to a manufacturer in Dundee returned to his native city, taking an office job in Leith whilst studying at the Life School at the Royal Scottish Academy. He also visited the Netherlands where he came under the influence of the Hague School. At first Kerr was known for his genre scenes of Scottish and Irish characters in the manner of Wilkie, but after 1900 he turned increasingly to portraiture. He primarily worked in watercolour.