One of the topics touched on last night was the portrait of Hugh MacDiarmid painted by R H Westwater in celebration of the poet’s 70th birthday. Valda loathed the painting, and wouldn’t have it in Brownsbank. She railed against Westwater too, for “Neither do I forget how you left him on the floor at Milne’s a couple of years ago.” [from the Letters]
The well-known portrait hangs now in the Edinburgh University Staff Club in Chambers Street. Here’s a photo of MacDiarmid in front of the portrait, which, frankly, I think is a good one. I think the artist has captured the personality of MacDiarmid rather well.