About this artwork

This is an early work by Pettie, painted before he went to London in 1862. It is not based on any known text, but may have been inspired by a description of Roundhead troops in Sir Walter Scott's novel ‘Woodstock’ that was set just after the English Civil War. Pettie had a passion for depicting highly coloured characters, and had a cartoonist's ability to select an evocative and telling silhouette or gesture. The ‘saint’ on the right is the artist Samuel Bough, a friend and fellow member of the Artists’ Company of the Scottish Volunteer Regiments.

Updated before 2020

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John Pettie

John Pettie