Thora Clyne was born in Caithness in 1937. She studied at Edinburgh University and College of Art where she was taught by Sir William Gillies - and graduated with Honours in Fine Art in 1960.
This was followed in 1961 by Thora being awarded the Andrew Grant Post-Graduate Travel Scholarship. She served as Principal Assistant at Aberdeen Art Gallery at this time and subsequently studied printmaking at the University of Colorado in 1963.
Thora Clyne was married to the celebrated Scottish painter Sir Robin Philipson from 1962 until 1975. She worked as a part-time lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art from 1963 - 1993.
Much of her work is based on places in her travels. most notably to France, Italy, and Romania.
In the 1980s she moved to her Tillywhally Cottage in Kinross-shire where she still has her studio. She is a great lover of cats - and many of her later works feature her special feline friends.
For her outdoor subjects, Clyne was fond of working in watercolour and pastel. This study is enigmatically entitled Cyup's Cape - probably referring to the bright scarlet cape worn by the figure standing in the middle of the roadway. He is flanked by cattle and horses - and I love the cute addition of the tiny black dog seen at his feet.
I am presuming that this pastel study is a work by Clyne dating from a trip to France in the early 1980s - the avenue of tall trees and the Chateau bathed in bring sunlight to the upper left corner suggests a location in the Loire.
It is unsigned - and the attribution comes from the old label on the back of the frame which has her Edinburgh address on it, the date 1982, and also a label for her studio.
Dimensions: Frame size is 34 x 44 cm. The image size is 18.5 x 28.5 cm
It is certainly a very lively and expressionistic study by Clyne. It is all framed and ready to hang.