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Philip Prowse, b. 1937
© Adrian Wiszniewski

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Philip Prowse, b. 1937 1995

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Stage designer and director Philip Prowse was born in England and trained at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1969 he moved to Scotland and began his long association with Glasgow's Citizens' Theatre. He has worked throughout the world and designed and directed for opera, ballet and drama.This oil sketch was made for a large group portrait of the three artistic Directors of the Citizens' Theatre, which was commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Oil sketch

A rough drawing in oil paint, possibly the preliminary version of a painting. In the in the 18th and 19th centuries it is particularly associated with landscape sketches which were executed quickly outdoors and not intended for public display.

Slade School of Fine Art

Part of University College, London, this art college was founded in 1871 with funds from the art collector Felix Slade. Notable students include Augustus and Gwen John, Percy Wyndham Lewis, Stanley Spencer and Ben Nicholson.

Commission, Oil sketch, Slade School of Fine Art


  • Acc. No. PG 3015
  • Medium Acrylic on canvas
  • Size 55.50 x 40.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by the artist, Adrian Wiszniewski 1996