(Scottish, born 1855)
Oil on canvas, 16 × 12 inches
Signed at lower right: “W Pratt”
Label (possibly exhibition, handwritten in ink) on frame verso: “No 20/School
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
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