About this artwork

John Henry Lorimer's portrait of his younger brother shows him working in the Edinburgh office of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the architect of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Robert Lorimer became one of the leading Scottish architects of the early twentieth century. Following the ideas of the Arts and Crafts movement, he was responsible for many restorations of Scottish castles and encouraging the revival of traditional skills. Important public commissions by Lorimer include the Thistle Chapel at St Giles Cathedral and the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle.

John Henry Lorimer

John Henry Lorimer

The Lorimers were a richly creative Scottish family. John Lorimer was the second son of Professor James Lorimer (who took on the 'repairing lease' of Kellie Castle in Fife) and the elder brother of Robert Stodhart Lorimer, the architect. After studying at Edinburgh University he trained at the Royal Scottish Academy under McTaggart and Chalmers and then in Paris with Carolus Duran. A successful portraitist, he also painted contemporary genre scenes and had first-hand knowledge of artistic developments in France. He lived at Kellie Castle for over 60 years.