Robert Heriot Westwater

Sir Compton Mackenzie, 1883 - 1972. Author (1962)

About this artwork

Born in England, Edward Compton, proud of his Scottish ancestry, revived the old family name of Mackenzie. As a writer, his range extended from serious novels admired by Henry James to semi-satircal sketches. His most famous novel tells the humorous story of a cargo of shipwrecked Scotch. Published in 1948, 'Whisky Galore!' was made into a memorable film by Ealing Studios the following year. Robert Westwater's portrait shows the writer towards the end of his career, surrounded by a clutter of papers, pipes and books in his study at 31 Drummond Place, Edinburgh.

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.