About this artwork

Throughout 1879 and 1880, the young Guthrie completed several experimental genre pictures under the direct influence of the London-based Scottish painter John Pettie (1839-1893). This very rare example is a study of a French Jacobin revolutionary. Until 2003 it was known only from a description in the biography of Guthrie published by the Gallery’s Director Sir James Lewis Caw in 1932. The extraordinary evolution in the artist’s style and subject matter during the early 1880s may be seen in Miss Sowerby (1882) and A Hind’s Daughter (1883), an icon of Glasgow School painting.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    A Gallant of the Terror
  • date created:
    1880
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    61.20 x 45.70 cm; Framed: 83.70 x 68.50 x 11.30 cm / 11.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    From the Estates of the late Dr and Mrs A.F. McDonald. Donated by their Sons, 2003
  • accession number:
    NG 2758
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Sir James Guthrie

Sir James Guthrie