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Kerr is best known for his sympathetic portraits of elderly and characterful gentlemen, including this painting of James Porteous (1839–1932), owner of James Porteous & Co. Ltd, a weaving mill in Alva, the management of which he took over at the age of only 15 and expanded it considerably. He was still a director of the company when he died. In 1868 he joined the Stirlingshire Rifles, which eventually became part of the 7th Volunteer Battalion of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Clackmannanshire Council Museum and Heritage Service
oil on canvas
101.5 x 76.3 cm