This charming little sketch by the celebrated Scottish artist, Sir William Mc Taggart.
It is one of his initial ideas for the large oil painting which is now in the collection of Glasgow Museums, Kelvingrove. A related pencil sketch is in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland.
The composition is full of high Victorian sentiment - and shows a grandfather in a cottage interior reading from the Bible to a little child - who stops the reading in mid-flow with the vital question... Do Dogs Go to Heaven?
This quick pencil sketch is typical of the numerous jottings or rapid studies that McTaggart would have made before starting a painting. This must have been one of his initial ideas for the oil - as the figures are facing to the right, but are reversed in the final composition, and many of the final details still have to be resolved. The loose style is typical of McTaggart’s graphic work and it had until recently been in the collection of a family member.
Details of the provenance are given.
These little compositional pencil sketches by the artist rarely come up for sale.
The large oil painting was completed in 1867 - so this study must also date to around this period.
The sheet has now been mounted and framed. It is beautifully presented and ready to just hang on your wall.
Image size: 11 x 9.8 cm.
Framed size is 30.5 x 27 cm.
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