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Study for Male Student in ‘A Portrait Group’
© Estate of James Cowie

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Study for Male Student in ‘A Portrait Group’ About 1932 - 1933

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This work is a study for the painting ‘A Portrait Group,’ which is in the collection of the Modern One. The boy is one of Cowie’s pupils from Bellshill Academy, where the artist taught briefly before the First World War and subsequently from 1918-35. His pupils feature frequently in his paintings and drawings of this period. In ‘A Portrait Group’, Cowie planned the painting by using individual studies, like this work. This formal and self-conscious way of organising the composition resulted in a painting in which the figures do not relate to each other. Cowie was particularly influenced by early Italian Renaissance artists.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A period in European culture from the 14th to the 16th centuries in which the visual arts flourished with advances in the treatment of anatomy and the use of perspective. It is particularly associated with Italy, where it began, though the term applies elsewhere. It is noted for a revival of interest in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.

Composition, Renaissance


  • Acc. No. GMA 1326
  • Medium Coloured chalk and pencil on paper
  • Size 56.00 x 33.60 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1975