- Oil on canvas
- Marion Lorna Grant bequest in memory of her brothers John and Neil Guthrie, 1972
- 1060 x 855 x 45mm
Scottish artist James Guthrie’s 1895 portrait of his eight-year- old Christchurch niece, Lorna Guthrie, is a reminder of the close ties then existing between New Zealand and Britain. Lorna’s father, Dr John Guthrie, had been ordered complete rest and a voyage home to Britian, leading to a reunion with his younger brother James, by then a leading name in Scottish art. James Guthrie made his mark in the early 1880s as a member of the ground-breaking Glasgow Boys, who were influenced by French painters, particularly Jules Bastien-Lepage. This later work, with its restricted range of colour and tones, also shows the influence of Guthrie’s friend and mentor, American-born, London-based artist, James McNeill Whistler.
(The Moon and the Manor House, 12 November 2021 – 1 May 2022)