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Europeans & Americans Abroad; Philadelphia Collection 73; September 2004
 
 
painting
 
William Pratt
(Scottish, born 1855)
School Days
Oil on canvas, 16 × 12 inches
Signed at lower right: “W Pratt”
Label (possibly exhibition, handwritten in ink) on frame verso: “No 20/School Days/William Pratt”

Note: This painting retains what appears to be its original frame.


William Pratt is one of a group of Scottish artists who specialized in painting scenes of country life. Born in Glasgow, he exhibited in Britain and in France, where he was awarded an honorable mention at the Paris Salon in 1902. Pratt placed his country people in both indoor and outdoor settings and painted them with directness and simplicity. The Scottish critic James L. Caw wrote that Pratt was “an accomplished craftsman in his own way, painting with vigour, drawing soundly and well, putting complex material together with commendable skill and not deficient in ideas or sympathy.”1

Note

1. James L. Caw, Scottish Painting Past and Present, 1620–1908 (1908; reprint, Bath: Kingsmead Reprints, 1975), pp. 285–86.



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