About this artwork

Guthrie formed a lifelong friendship with E.A. Walton and Joseph Crawhall. In 1879 they spent summer at Rosneath on the Clyde coast, and established a precedent for spending their summers out of the city sketching in the countryside. They chose to concentrate on depicting country lanes, field workers and cabbage patches in the corner of farms. The three artists’ close relationship is apparent in their letters to each other, which are illustrated with anecdotal tales and comical sketches. This little caricature is the result of a drawing game that they often played called “Heads, Bodies and Legs” where each artist would draw a segment of the body and then would turn over the sheet so that the next person could not see the design that had gone before.

Edward Arthur Walton

Sir James Guthrie

Joseph Crawhall

Edward Arthur Walton

Sir James Guthrie

Joseph Crawhall