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William Strang, 1859 - 1921. Artist (Self-portrait)

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William Strang, 1859 - 1921. Artist (Self-portrait) About 1905

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
William Strang was a talented painter as well as a masterly and prolific printmaker. His etchings include striking portraits of sitters such as Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson. Towards the end of his life Strang etched less and painted more. Inspired by Dutch artist Rembrandt, he produced a series of self-portraits in a variety of guises. This particular one shows the artist wearing a ‘fez’, a red felt hat that originates from Morocco, but was worn throughout the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, we do not know why he chose to paint himself in this particular way.

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A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Etching, Print


  • Acc. No. PG 2198
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 107.00 x 92.10 cm (framed: 130.50 x 115.20 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1972