Watercolour and gouache and pencil on paper. Signed and dated 1925. Provenance: with The Redfern Gallery, London, March 1946
Robin Guthrie studied at the Slade in 1918 under the great Henry Tonks. In the summer of 1920 his painting ‘Pastoral Scene with Figures’ (Slade School Collection) won first prize for composition. Guthrie completed his studies in the summer of 1922 and took a studio in Hampstead, London. His major work, ‘The Sermon on the Mount’, an oil painted in 1920, is held in the Tate Gallery Collection. In the painting, many of the figures, except Christ, wear contemporary clothing, and there is a First World War soldier. All this indicates Guthrie’s view of the continued relevance of Christianity to the modern world, particularly in the aftermath of the First World War. Guthrie’s work can be found in many other collections including the National Portrait Gallery the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Manchester City Galleries.