Robert Home, Ceres artist.

Robert Home.

Robert Home – 1865-1938 was an Edinburgh-born portrait and landscape painter, illuminator and stained-glass designer who learnt his trade at Edinburgh Art School. He exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Arts and Royal Scottish Academy.

Home lived in Ceres from 1918 until his death in 1938. President of the Scottish Society of Artists, he was a skilled portraitist and also produced many paintings of local scenes. Home lived in Burnside Cottage with fellow artist, Eveline Jolly.

Burnside Cottage, Ceres.

Home came to Ceres at the end of the 1st World War but after seven years his eyesight began to fail. For four years he worked as a librarian at Crieff Library and his eyesight improved, gradually returning to his art activities.

1 ‘Ceres’ watercolour. Private collection. 2 right. Ceres Green. Fife Folk Museum. 3 bottom right. Burnside, Ceres.

Home was a prominent Freemason and was Depute Master of the Canongate, Edinburgh Lodge. Home was installed as master of the Lodge St Regulus, Cupar becoming its first ‘Right Worshipful Master’. From 1920-1922. He was President of the SSA (Scottish Society of Artists) 1915-1918.

Fellow artist Eveline Isobelle Jolly 1884-1961 joined Home at Burnside Cottage she was a watercolour artist and illustrator also residing at St George’s Lodge, Earlsferry. Jolly exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists annual exhibitions after 1940. Jolly lived at Burnside Cottage until her death in 1961. Apparently when buildings were pulled down in Main Street, Ceres she was the only one to object !

Like many artists of his day Home made a living by portrait painting. 1 Alexander Taylor Innes (1833-1912), Tain Council Chamber. 2 David Berry Hart, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 3 Professor David Morisson (1868-1936), Wardlaw Museum. 4 Sir Thomas Richard Fraser (1841-1920), University of Edinburgh. 5 Unknown – help appreciated.

Home died in Dundee on the 10th August 1938 aged 73 survived by a wife and three sons he had been ill for only a few days but, it was said, died of a shock!  He is buried in Ceres Church graveyard.

A St Andrews ‘Citizen’ obituary states: ’Deeply interested in people, he was full of a generous humanity and kindliness and his gifts of conversation and humour brought him many friends in the circles in which he moved. He was interested too, in public questions and concerned for the welfare and progress of the beautiful village where in the summer he lived for twenty years and which he loved with all the artist’s love of beauty.’

Information regarding Home and Jolly is difficult to come by. I filled in an application form to access material at Fife Folk Museum when they opened on 1st August but to date have had no reply.

Some of my own Ceres art can be found at

Graham Bennison, September 2020.

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