The Apprentice Portrait of the Artist's Second Son, William D McTaggart signed with monogram and dated 1890 (lower left) oil on canvas 80 x 62 cm. (31 1/2 x 24 7/16 in.)
PROVENANCE: JP McTaggart, Penarth
EXHIBITED: Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1891, cat.no.331 Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland, William McTaggart Exhibition, 1989, cat.no.66
LITERATURE: Sir James L. Caw, William McTaggart, - A Biography and an Appreciation, James Maclehose & Sons, Glasgow, 1917, p.263
This portrait was completed posthumously. Caw (p.129) notes 'The late autumn was chequered by family joy and sorrow. The birth of a daughter in October was followed a month later by news of the loss at sea of his sailor son, Willie, and during the next few months little painting was done'.