Artist Alexander Jamieson: The Artists Wife, Biddy Macdonald, c.1907

Artist Alexander Jamieson (1873-1937): The Artists Wife, Biddy Macdonald, c.1907

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Alexander Jamieson (1873-1937):
The Artist's Wife, Biddy Macdonald, c.1907
Framed (ref: 68)
Oil on board 10.5 x 13.2 in. (26.7 x 33.6 cm)

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Provenance: Private collection

Literature: Alexander Jamieson and his Wife Biddy Macdonald, Hazlitt Gallery, October-November 1970.

Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.91.

In a guilded rough oak reverse wedge section frame with laurel knull

This painting  dates from the time of Jamieson's marriage to fellow artist Gertrude Macdonald, known as Biddy, in 1907. It is likely that on seeing his wife in bed, with the breakfast he had just set out for her to wake up to,  Jamieson painted this panel rapidly on the spot. The unprimed  ground (there are some indentation marks in the board at the bottom right) suggests that Jamieson worked on the nearest board to hand -  as a struggling newly-wed could he not afford fine panels to work on .  Sitting rooms often doubled as bedrooms in Scotland at this period - here the teapot warming by the fire adds a touching domestic detail.