About this artwork

This painting is among Pringle's largest works. It was painted during the year he lived in the country, to the east of Glasgow. His technique of painting in small brushstrokes is indebted to the French Neo-impressionists. Pringle would probably have seen paintings by followers of the group on exhibition in Glasgow. His training as an optician and familiarity with painstaking, detailed work may have influenced his preference for painting in a detailed manner; his rendering of the wire in this painting is a perfect example of this. The artist's delicate touch and fresh handling of paint are evident in this painting.

  • title: Poultry Yard, Gartcosh
  • accession number: GMA 37
  • artist: John Quinton PringleScottish (1864 - 1925)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Animals
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1906
  • measurements: 63.70 x 76.40 cm
  • credit line: Presented by Mr James Meldrum 1948
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

John Quinton Pringle

John Quinton Pringle

Pringle was born in the East End of Glasgow. He left school at the age of twelve and was apprenticed to an optician, establishing his own shop in Glasgow in 1896. Although he worked full-time until 1923, Pringle took evening classes at Glasgow School of Art from 1885. He seldom exhibited and painted comparatively few works, most of which are small in scale. Pringle's characteristic style was to paint with small, square brushstrokes. His subjects were from his home or nearby, such as family, friends and the back court of his tenement building.