Sir James Guthrie, PRSA HRA RSW LLD (British, 1859-1930) Miss Anne Spencer 181.5 cm x 84.5 cm. (71 1/2 x 33 1/4 in.)
Lot 26*
Sir James Guthrie, PRSA HRA RSW LLD (British, 1859-1930) Miss Anne Spencer 181.5 cm x 84.5 cm. (71 1/2 x 33 1/4 in.)
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 67,000 - 100,000
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Pictures from an Important Private Canadian Collection
Sir James Guthrie, PRSA HRA RSW LLD (British, 1859-1930)
Miss Anne Spencer
signed and dated 'J Guthrie/1892' (lower right), inscribed 'J Guthrie/7 Woodside Terrace Glasgow' (on stretcher)
oil on canvas
181.5 cm x 84.5 cm. (71 1/2 x 33 1/4 in.)
in the original exhibition frame

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    J.J. Spencer, Glasgow

    EXHIBITED:
    Glasgow, Royal Glasgow Institute, 1892, cat.no.502
    London, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 1892
    Paris, New Salon, 1893 (as Portrait Heliotrope)

    LITERATURE:
    Sir James L. Caw, Sir James Guthrie, Macmillan & Co, London, 1932, pp. 43, 65, 80-81 (George Moore's opinion of), 217

    It is well-known that the Glasgow School's most progressive and ambitious work was achieved in the 1880s, after bypassing the traditional route of rigorous formal training and London in favour of the informal studio of system in Paris. However, these early statements in rustic naturalism and landscape quickly gave way to a quest for more general recognition and success, and this was realised through society portraiture. Most of the Glasgow Boys took this route and became accomplished, in particular Guthrie, Lavery, Walton, Gauld and, to a lesser extent, Melville. A particular inspiration was Whistler, with whom Guthrie became close friends, thus initiating the American's close links with the city of Glasgow. This example is characteristic Guthrie yet echoes the light, deft touch and restrained palette of Whistler.
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