About this artwork

William Strang was a talented painter as well as a masterly and prolific printmaker. His etchings include striking portraits of sitters such as Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson. Towards the end of his life Strang etched less and painted more. Inspired by Dutch artist Rembrandt, he produced a series of self-portraits in a variety of guises. This late work of 1919 is based on Rembrandt’s self-portraits in old age, painted during the last years of the Dutch master’s life. Like Rembrandt, Strang portrayed himself wearing contemporary head gear, with his body turned to the right but his gaze directed at the viewer. His expression can equally be read as one of tiredness, melancholy and discontent.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    William StrangScottish (1859 - 1921)
  • title:
    William Strang, 1859 - 1921. Artist (Self-portrait)
  • date created:
    About 1919
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    53.30 x 38.10 cm (framed: 65.00 x 49.80 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1924
  • accession number:
    PG 966
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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William Strang

William Strang