About this artwork

Peploe took a serious interest in Old Master painting, visiting Holland in 1895 and returning with reproductions of works by Rembrandt and Frans Hals. In Edinburgh, in the Scottish National Gallery, Peploe had close to hand Hals’ portraits of ‘A Dutch Lady’ and ‘A Dutch Gentleman’. Peploe’s paintings relate strongly to Hals’ free use of paint and vigorous characterisation of his sitters. The subject for this portrait was Tom Morris, an Edinburgh vagabond. Morris provided Peploe with an unselfconscious subject, well suited to his already bold handling of paint.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Man Laughing (Portrait of Tom Morris)
  • date created:
    About 1902
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    71.80 x 51.10 cm; Framed: 97.30 x 77.00 x 10.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Trustees of the late George Proudfoot 1946
  • accession number:
    GMA 33
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Samuel John Peploe

Samuel John Peploe

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