Thursday, July 18, 2013


To Pastures New 1882-83
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Hard At It 1883

In the Orchard 1885-86
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Sir James Guthrie (1859-1930) was one of the Glasgow Boys, a group of late-19th century Scottish painters influenced by French realist Jules Bastien-Lepage. Like some other artists of middle-class origin in those days, his family sent him to university with the idea that he would practice law.
And like the others he abandoned that line of education to take up art, though his art training came largely by self-education. Regardless of how he mastered his skills, Guthrie became one of the most prominent Scottish artists of his time. By 1902 he was president of the Royal Scottish Academy and in 1903 was knighted. (

A Hind's Daughter


Boy With a Straw

Gypsy Fires are Burning for Daylight's Past and Gone

Poppleton, The Artist at Work

Field Work in the Lothians
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Unlike many of his contemporaries he did not study in Paris, being mostly self-taught, although he was mentored for a short time by James Drummond in Glasgow and then John Pettie in London.
He lived most of his life in the Scottish Borders, most notably in Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, where he painted some of his most important works, including A Hind Daughter (1883), and Schoolmates. He was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1888, and a full member in 1892. In 1902 he succeeded Sir George Reid as RSA president in 1902.

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