This self-portrait shows Scottish artist David Foggie. It was made three years before his death, at a time when Foggie had retired as a teacher at Edinburgh College of Art but was still active as Secretary of the Royal Scottish Academy. As a teacher of Life Drawing, Foggie had always stressed the importance of accomplished and accurate drawing skills and this quality can be found in many of his own portrait drawings. A number of these were donated to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery by his wife Margaret (Mary) in 1955 and 1962. After her death in 1975, this self-portrait was gifted to the galleries by Foggie?s son Angus. Its sincere portrayal and modest style would have been appreciated in the 1920s and `30s, but by the 1940s they were seen as rather old-fashioned.