Francis Patrick Martin

'To Their Daily Task'

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‘To Their Daily Task’
Oil on canvas 30″ x 35″

Francis Patrick Martin
British 1883-1966

The trudge and grudge of daily toil is reflected in the downcast faces of the pick-laden agricultural workers in Francis Patrick Martin’s portrait of a vanishing age.

Painted against a backdrop of growing industrialisation in the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, Martin’s work shows his fascination – and indeed that of his contemporaries, nicknamed The Glasgow Boys – with life in rural Scotland.

This painting brings together two of Martin’s preferred subjects: Genre and landscape. It is a fine example of his work, showing his keen awareness of the fine nuances of light and shadow and his skill at characterisation.

Born at Anstruther in Fife, Martin studied at Glasgow School of Art under David Forrester Wilson. He became a General Post Office telegraphist for a time and was commissioned to create a series of posters for the Post Office. Settling in Bearsden, he continued to paint, and had work acquired by the town’s public gallery.

Francis Patrick Martin exhibited to high acclaim during his lifetime: at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, the Royal Scottish Academy at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. He was President of the Glasgow Art Club and Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute.

(Provenance Descendants of Lord Thomson of Thomson Travel)

© Sutcliffe Galleries 2012



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