Sir James Guthrie (1859-1930)
|Artist Name||Sir James Guthrie (1859-1930)|
|Title||Portrait of a Seamstress|
|Description||This stunning Victorian portrait oil painting is by noted Scottish Glasgow Boy artist and previous president of the Royal Scottish Academy, Sir James Guthrie. Painted circa 1900 it is a large and vibrant masterpiece in wonderful Scottish tones. Great swathes of colour are matched with great detail in the hairs at the nape of the young lady's neck. The painting is an intimate domestic scene of a young woman sat at a sewing machine intent on her work. This painting wouldn't look out of place with his other work in Kelvingrove, Glasgow.
Signed lower right.
|Provenance||James Bourlet and Sons labels verso.
Exhibited Southport Atkinson Art Gallery 1960
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||28 x 40 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary period gilt frame, 48 inches by 36 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Sir James Guthrie (10 June 1859 – 6 September 1930) was a Scottish painter, best known in his own lifetime for his portraiture, although today more generally regarded as a painter of Scottish Realism. Guthrie became one of the leading painters in the group of artists called the Glasgow Boys. His early works of rural subjects painted with broad square brush strokes show the strong influence of French painters such as Bastien-Lepage. Guthrie was born in Greenock and trained as a lawyer before turning to art. After brief but stimulating periods in London and Paris, he committed himself to painting directly from nature in Scotland. Guthrie also experimented with pastel drawings and established a reputation as a successful portrait painter. He became president of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1902 and was knighted the following year.|