James Robertson Justice, 1907 - 1995. Actor (About 1955)
About this artwork
James Robertson Justice is said to have tried over seventy professions. He fell into acting by accident, eventually becoming a household name in cinemas at home and abroad. He played his characters with customary grumpiness or, according to those who knew him well, as himself. The role of surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt in ‘Doctor in the House’ (1954) was his breakthrough performance. This was the first in a series of seven film comedies of which he became the figurehead. Justice considered Scotland his spiritual home. He had Scottish ancestry and although born in London, he maintained that he was born on the Isle of Skye. This drawing celebrates the actor as the bombastic eccentric, ardent falconer, and wearer of the Robertson tartan.
- title: James Robertson Justice, 1907 - 1995. Actor
- accession number: PG 3510
- artist: Anthony Wysard (1907 - 1984)
- depicted: James Robertson Justice
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Work on paper
- subject: Stage and Screen
- materials: Pen and ink on paper
- date created: About 1955
- measurements: (framed: 36.20 x 25.10 cm)
- credit line: Purchased 2007
- copyright: © The Estate of the Artist
Wysard initally thought of becoming an accountant, however, he decided instead to pursue a career as an artist. He became a successful caricaturist and published many drawings in journals including ‘Tatler’ and ‘Harper’s Bazaar’. Following service in the Second World War, Wysard became editor of ‘Harper's Bazaar’.