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Samuel John Peploe, 1871 - 1935. Artist (Self-portrait)

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Peploe was one of artists now known as the Scottish Colourists. However, in his early work, he tended to use a restricted palette of dark colours, as in this self-portrait. The fluidity of his handling of paint can also be seen here. Peploe was influenced by the dark tones used by the Dutch painter Frans Hals, whose work he had seen in the National Gallery in Edinburgh. Edouard Manet was also an influence. In 1910 Peploe moved to Paris where, under the impact of painters like Matisse, he began to use brighter colours.

Glossary Open


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

Scottish Colourists

A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.

Palette , Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. PG 1831
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 50.80 x 40.60 cm
  • Credit Given to the National Gallery of Scotland by John Thorburn in 1947; transferred 1956