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James Grieve, 1841 - 1924. Horticulturist
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James Grieve, 1841 - 1924. Horticulturist About 1920

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  • Scottish Art
This horticulturalist gave his name to the 'James Grieve' apple, a variety specially bred to suit the Scottish climate and still grown by many gardeners today. Born in Peebles, Grieve was apprenticed to a local nursery at the age of twelve and worked in the gardens of Stobo Castle before moving to Edinburgh as a nursery manager. He eventually set up his own family business with his two sons. Grieve was well known for his successful hybridisation of many flowers, especially violas, pinks and carnations and he produced a number of award-winning new apples.This informal portrait shows Grieve dressed for work, hoe in hand.


  • Acc. No. PG 1990
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 79.40 x 56.50 cm (framed: 117.20 x 87.00 x 3.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Ian Scott 1962