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Sir Compton Mackenzie, 1883 - 1972. Author
© Estate of Robert Heriot Westwater

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Sir Compton Mackenzie, 1883 - 1972. Author 1962

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Born in England, Edward Compton, proud of his Scottish ancestry, revived the old family name of Mackenzie. As a writer, his range extended from serious novels admired by Henry James to semi-satircal sketches. His most famous novel tells the humorous story of a cargo of shipwrecked Scotch. Published in 1948, 'Whisky Galore!' was made into a memorable film by Ealing Studios the following year. Robert Westwater's portrait shows the writer towards the end of his career, surrounded by a clutter of papers, pipes and books in his study at 31 Drummond Place, Edinburgh.


  • Acc. No. PG 2505
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 111.70 x 86.30 cm
  • Credit Presented by Lady Mackenzie 1981