About this artwork

This is a pencil study for Cowie's painting 'A Portrait Group', which is also owned by the Gallery. Cowie had a meticulous way of working and made detailed pencil studies for his paintings, of which this drawing is an example. The composition was then 'pieced together' from these individual studies. When choosing models for his paintings from among his students, Cowie looked for children with strong, often ungainly features. His treatment of eyes is often the most compelling part of his drawings, and it appears he often deliberately distorted one eye for greater effect

see media
  • title:
    Schoolgirl (Study for 'A Portrait Group')
  • accession number:
    GMA 4178
  • artist:
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • subject:
  • materials:
    Pencil on paper
  • date created:
    About 1940
  • measurements:
    paper 40.50 x 34.10 cm
  • credit line:
    Scottish Arts Council Collection; presented 1997
  • copyright:
    © Ruth Christie, the artist's daughter
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

James Cowie

James Cowie