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Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970) was a conductor and cellist. Earlier in his career he was Arturo Toscanini’s successor as music director of the New York Philharmonic, serving there from 1936 to 1943. He was also chief conductor of the Houston Symphony from 1961 to 1967.

John Murray (1898-1975) served during WWI and later attended the University of Glasgow, from which time this portrait dates. A theological student of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, he also studied in America at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a lecturer at Westminster Theological Seminary from 1930 to 1966.

Neil M. Gunn (1891-1973), the novelist and dramatist who was one of the leading lights of the Scottish Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. With over 20 novels to his credit, Gunn’s fiction dealt primarily with the Highland communities and landscapes of his youth. This portrait dates from June 1927.


AMONG the many famous people photographed by Paterson were Prime Ministers Lloyd George and Ramsay MacDonald, theatrical artistes John Gielgud, Noel Coward and Anna Neagle, the Czech statesman Jan Masaryk and the painter Sir William Russell Flint. In December 1929 a portrait study of Compton

Mackenzie at the Scottish National Salon was specially commended by the critics. A gelatine silver print of the portrait (signed and dated by Mackenzie in 1931), was bought by the National Portrait Gallery in London from Bonhams in March 2011 for £600. In January 1931 his portraits of William Mackay Mackenzie, Reverend Professor John Macleod and

James Maxton, MP, were on display in the pictorial section at the Foundation Exhibition of the Scottish National Gallery and Museum of Photography in Edinburgh, where Paterson was congratulated on the excellence of his work. These three portraits are now held in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. He built up a remarkably fine collection of

photographic studies of people distinguished in all walks of life, and when the first Scottish PEN Conference was held in Edinburgh in 1927, it featured his gallery of famous literary personages, including George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc and many others with worldwide reputations.

Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat (1911-1995), the 25th Chief of the Clan Fraser and a British Commando during WWII. He commanded a raid on the French coastal village of Hardelot and was awarded the Military Cross in 1942. He led No.4 Commando on the Dieppe Raid, destroying a battery of six 150mm guns, and was awarded the DSO. He became a Brigadier and the commander of the 1st Special Service Brigade in 1944. They landed at Sword Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy on 6th June. During the Battle of Breville, he was seriously wounded while observing an artillery bombardment by the 51st Highland Division. His formal retirement from the army came in 1962, but his involvement in politics continued throughout his life, in the House of Lords and the Inverness County Council.


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