Artist: [Sir]James Guthrie

Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:

Visited Kirkcudbright 1886.

Professional Bodies:

ARSA 1888; RSW 1890; RSA 1892; HROI 1903;HRSW 1903;

Exhibited At:

Royal Scottish Academy; RSW; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Aberdeen Artists’ Society; Royal Society of British Artists 1907; HRA 1912


John Faed


George Henry, Joseph Crawhall, James Whitelaw Hamilton,Thomas Corson Morton, Arthur Melville


The Glasgow Boys, Roger Billcliffe, John Murray, London, 1985.


Kirkcudbright: one hundred years of an artists’ colony, Patrick Bourne, Atelier Books, Edinburgh, 2000.


Sir James Guthrie, James L Caw, London, 1930.


Visited Hornel and Henry in Kirkcudbright.  John Faed persuaded his father that he should abandon law for art.  The Summer House, St Mary’s Isle illustrated in Bourne p96 (see bibliography).  This work sold at Christie’s, Edinburgh, 23 March 1996 (Stewartry Museum file).   In his biography of Guthrie, Caw noted that his In the Orchard of 1885 was started at Cockburnspath and completed in Kirkcudbright.  In 1886 he painted a small version of The Stone Breaker and a large oblong canvas of the same subject was begun in Kirkcudbright and later cut and completed with only one figure. 1886 also saw the painting of A Village Worthy, The Summer House and The Lake, all Kirkcudbright subjects.


Knighted 1903.


Image of artist by kind permission of Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Sir James Guthrie, 1959 – 1930 (self-portrait)