Sir James Guthrie

Sir James Guthrie, 1859 - 1930. Artist and President of the Royal Scottish Academy (Self-portrait) (About 1900 - 1910)

About this artwork

Guthrie was the leading member of the Glasgow Boys, the group of artists inspired by French realist painting who challenged the conservative and Edinburgh-run Royal Scottish Academy. Like so many rebels, Guthrie in time became a pillar of the establishment himself; an orthodox society portrait painter and the President of the Academy he had earlier challenged.

  • title: Sir James Guthrie, 1859 - 1930. Artist and President of the Royal Scottish Academy (Self-portrait)
  • accession number: PG 1867
  • artist: Sir James GuthrieScottish (1859 - 1930)
  • depicted: Sir James Guthrie
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1900 - 1910
  • measurements: 35.30 x 25.30 cm (framed: 41.50 x 31.50 x 3.30 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1959

Sir James Guthrie

Sir James Guthrie

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.