About this artwork

This work makes for an interesting comparison with Paxton Brown’s drawing 'Woman with Portfolio' (GMA 1704) in which the stance of the female character is more strained. While the man in this drawing carries his portfolio with ease and confidence, the woman seems to be burdened by her portfolio: a possible reference to the gender inequalities that the artist faced at the time. Paxton Brown was a key member of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists which was set up in 1882 by a group of women to promote and support the equal recognition of female and male artists.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Man with Portfolio
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • materials:
    Pencil, coloured pencil and black chalk on paper
  • measurements:
    22.50 x 19.40 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1977
  • accession number:
    GMA 1702
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
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Helen Paxton Brown

Helen Paxton Brown