Portrait of Agnes Miller Parker
© Estate of William McCance

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Portrait of Agnes Miller Parker 1918

On Display Modern One

  • Scottish Art
McCance drew this portrait of his wife, Agnes Miller Parker, the year they got married. They met whilst studying at Glasgow School of Art. Miller Parker went on to become a well-known wood-engraver and book-illustrator. It is a delicate, detailed portrait far different from McCance’s work which changed dramatically in the early 1920s to a highly stylised form of painting, reflecting the influence of Cubism and Surrealism.

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A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.


The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.


A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Cubism , Engraving, Surrealism


  • Acc. No. GMA 5159
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 34.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Dr Margaret McCance 2011