About this artwork

Born in Langholm, Christopher Murray Grieve was one of the most influential Scots of the twentieth century. He was a prolific poet and essay writer, a founding member of the Scottish National Party, a Marxist and the leader of the Scottish literary renaissance. He revived and renewed Scots as a poetic language and used half a dozen pen names before settling for Hugh MacDiarmid, the name by which he is best known. Westwater's portrait was commissioned by public subscription and presented to the poet on his seventieth birthday in 1962.

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Robert Heriot Westwater

Robert Heriot Westwater