Helen Sowerby by Sir James Guthrie greeting card
Single greeting card featuring the image Margaret Helen Sowerby (known as Helen Sowerby) by Sir James Guthrie, from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.
Printed with soy-based inks on 250gsm FSC or recycled card stock. Packaged with a white envelope in a clear cellophane sleeve.
This portrait of 1882 is believed to be one of Guthrie’s first portrait commissions. It reveals his debt to James McNeill Whistler’s portraits from the 1870s that he had recently seen on display at the Grosvenor Gallery in London, particularly in the placement of the figure in the canvas and the use of an unidentified patterned background.
His encounter with Whistler’s work was to have a lasting effect on Guthrie’s painting style. This portrait also reflects the contemporary fascination with Japanese prints.
Sir James Guthrie (10 June 1859 – 6 September 1930) was a Scottish painter, best known in his own lifetime for his portraiture.