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Sir Robert Lorimer, 1864 - 1929. Architect

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Sir Robert Lorimer, 1864 - 1929. Architect 1886


  • Scottish Art
John Henry Lorimer's portrait of his younger brother shows him working in the Edinburgh office of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the architect of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Robert Lorimer became one of the leading Scottish architects of the early twentieth century. Following the ideas of the Arts and Crafts movement, he was responsible for many restorations of Scottish castles and encouraging the revival of traditional skills. Important public commissions by Lorimer include the Thistle Chapel at St Giles Cathedral and the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle.

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Arts and Crafts movement

British movement of the late 19th century which sought to revive handcrafts and improve design in an age of increasing mass-production. Key thinkers associated with the movement are William Morris and John Ruskin.


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Arts and Crafts movement, Commission


  • Acc. No. PG 1353
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 25.40 x 35.56 cm
  • Credit Presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects 1938