About this artwork

Euan Cox was one of the most knowledgeable and experienced horticulturalists of his day. Born in the Carse of Gowrie, between Dundee and Perth, Cox's family had made a fortune from the jute industry. This gave him the means to create a beautiful garden around the family home of Glendoick, filled with rare plants obtained on overseas expeditions. Two plants, found in Upper Burma in 1919, bear his name - Berberis Coxii and Juniperis Coxii - and Glendoick is still a renowned nursery specialising in rhododendrons and azaleas.

Glyn Philpot

Glyn Philpot

Philpot was born in Clapham, London and trained at the Lambeth School of Art from 1900. He was only nineteen when he first exhibited at the Royal Academy. By the time he was elected to the Royal Academy in 1923 he was a well-established portrait painter. He painted society beauties, politicians, admirals, the King of Egypt and Oswald Mosley. A convert to Catholicism, he also produced paintings on religious themes and from early 1930s outraged his traditional audience with works which were overtly modernist in style.