A portrait group by James Cowie ready to frame mounted print (15 x 20 cm)
15 x 20 cm mounted small print of A Portrait Group by James Cowie, from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection. Mount size 15.1 x 20.3 cm, image size 8.9 x 11 cm. Art print to accompany the 2017 exhibition True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s, shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
A Portrait Group was originally painted in 1933 it features four pupils of Bellshill Academy near Glasgow, where Cowie taught until 1935. Cowie dramatically reworked the painting in about 1940 and changed almost every detail. The painting shows the linear form of realism that Cowie practised.
James Cowie RSA (16 May 1886 – 18 April 1956) was a Scottish painter and teacher. The quality of his portrait paintings and his strong linear style made him among the most individual Scottish painters of the 1920s and 1930s. His work displayed meticulous draughtsmanship which was based on his studies of the Old Masters and his use of many preparatory drawings. James Walker Tucker was a British artist, 1898–1972.