About this artwork

McCance had an eclectic career. Although he trained in Glasgow from 1911-15 he moved to London in 1920 and shortly afterwards produced what are probably the first abstract paintings by a Scottish artist, influenced by Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists. He later worked as a book illustrator (and art critic) and was controller of the celebrated the Gregynog Press in Wales. Later still he lectured on typography and book production. This is an early self-portrait, painted when the artist was twenty-two.

  • title:
    William McCance, 1894 - 1970. Artist, illustrator and typographer (Self-portrait)
  • accession number:
    PG 2429
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1916
  • measurements:
    50.80 x 40.60 cm (framed: 60.80 x 50.50 x 6.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1978
  • copyright:
    © Margaret McCance

William McCance

William McCance