Sir William Oliphant Hutchison

Sir Herbert James Gunn, 1893 - 1964. Artist (1911)

About this artwork

Glasgow-born (Herbert) James Gunn briefly studied art at Glasgow and Edinburgh before moving to the Académie Julian in Paris in 1911. Whilst in Paris, Gunn met the artist of this portrait, William Hutchison, who was to be a friend for life. After serving with the 10th Scottish Rifles in the First World War, Gunn returned to Scotland where he married twice within a decade. His second wife, Pauline Miller, became a model for some of his best-known paintings. In 1929 Gunn decided to devote himself to portraiture and soon established a prolific and successful career. His portraits are sometimes sombre but always carefully painted, with close attention to detail. His distinguished sitters include Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother.

Sir William Oliphant Hutchison

Sir William Oliphant Hutchison

The son of a Kirkcaldy businessman, William Oliphant Hutchison studied at Edinburgh College of Art and in Paris. He was part of the group of young painters who exhibited as the Edinburgh Group immediately before and after the First World War. Surviving a severe war wound, from 1918 he lived in Edinburgh and London, practising as a portrait painter. In 1933 he became Director of Glasgow School of Art and distinguished himself as an able administrator especially during the war years, when he was in constant touch with students and staff on the front. He was knighted in 1953.