About this artwork

During the 1870s Cameron produced a number of paintings depicting Scottish country people engaged in hard farm tasks, or collecting and dragging firewood. Several of these compositions suggest the influence of Jean François Millet's scenes of peasant life. First exhibited in 1873, this picture was painted for Cameron's friend, John McGavin of Glasgow. McGavin was also a patron of Cameron's contemporaries Orchardson and Pettie and a discerning collector of Corot, Diaz, Millet and the two Hague School painters, Israels and Maris.

  • title:
    A Lonely Life
  • accession number:
    NG 1717
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    Exhibited 1873 (RSA)
  • measurements:
    86.00 x 65.00 cm (framed:117.50 x 97.00 x 13.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1928

Hugh Cameron

Hugh Cameron