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Some artists flatter their sitters when they paint their portraits, but here Guthrie has given us a very honest and realistic picture of old Willie. He does not shy away from depicting the lines on his weather-beaten face or his ordinary clothes. Willie is not put in a fancy setting, but set simply against a whitewashed wall. All the compositional elements of this picture, such as the clear light and clean colours, reflect the straightforward attitude and quiet dignity of the sitter's personality.
oil on canvas
H 60.8 x W 50.8 cm
purchased with the assistance of the National Fund for Acquisitions, 1974