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Seated Boy

© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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This freely painted work captures a young boy’s features, conveying his awkwardness with a strong sense of robust realism. Tentatively identified as Andrew Samson – one of the Samson children who lived near Eardley’s studio in Townhead – it belongs to a relatively small group of full-length representations of the Samson boys. Not quite portraits and not quite genre scenes, they are extraordinary character studies of ordinary children who in the 1950s and 1960s provided her with rich subject matter.

Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Title

Seated Boy

Date

1955

Medium

oil on canvas

Accession number

GLAHA:56539

Acquisition method

accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government and allocated to the Hunterian Art Gallery, 2015

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Labels on the back of frame: Edinburgh Festival Exhibition 1964 Aitken Dott & Son (The Scottish Gallery)

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