Study of a Head (or Man with a Drinking Mug)

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Study of a Head (or Man with a Drinking Mug) 1904 [?]
  • Scottish Art
Pringle trained as an optician in 1874 and ran his own business as optician and electrician from 1896 to 1923. He used his shop as a studio after hours painting predominantly small canvases, like this painting. From around 1895 he developed an interest in French Impressionism, which influenced this work. This is one of three portraits Pringle made of an elderly man who frequented the Saltmarket area of Glasgow and visited the artist in his shop. The sitter was nicknamed ‘Kruger’ due to his supposed likeness to Paul Kruger, the Boer resistance leader and president of the Transvaal republic in South Africa. The painting is thought to date from 1904 – it is signed and dated but Pringle’s style makes it difficult to read.

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Boer War

A struggle for control of parts of southern Africa between Dutch and British colonists. In 1877, Britain annexed the Transvaal Republic, which in December 1880 led to a revolt by Boers (colonists of Dutch descent) opposed to British rule. British losses forced the government to recognise Boer independence. Following the discovery of gold in the region, a failure to secure rights for British citizens in Transvaal led to the Boer War of 1899-1902. The British Empire annexed republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State, which later became part of the Union of South Africa.


An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

Boer War , Impressionism


  • Acc. No. GMA 2028
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 31.00 x 25.80 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mr James Meldrum 1948