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John Pettie Collection

John Pettie was a renowned Scottish artist known for his captivating and emotive paintings

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie

The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie
The Vigil, c1884. The Vigil of Arms was one of the religious exercises, which in the Middle Ages preceded the conferment of knighthood

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: Two Strings To Her Bow, 1887, (1938). Artist: John Pettie

Two Strings To Her Bow, 1887, (1938). Artist: John Pettie
Two Strings To Her Bow, 1887. Painting housed in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. From World-Famous Paintings edited by J. Greig Pirie [W. & G. Foyle, Ltd, London, 1938.]

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: Mrs John Pettie, 1865 (oil on canvas)

Mrs John Pettie, 1865 (oil on canvas)
5043067 Mrs John Pettie, 1865 (oil on canvas) by Orchardson, William Quiller (1832-1910); 121.9x100.6 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: Full length left side portrait of Mrs)

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: Pictures of the Year- VII, 'The Traitor', 1888. Creator: John Pettie

Pictures of the Year- VII, "The Traitor", 1888. Creator: John Pettie
Pictures of the Year- VII, " The Traitor", 1888. From, The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume38. July to December, 1888

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: At Work on 'The Traitor'(engraving)

At Work on "The Traitor"(engraving)
1041479 At Work on " The Traitor" (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: At Work on " The Traitor")

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: A Famous Suit of Armour (engraving)

A Famous Suit of Armour (engraving)
1041478 A Famous Suit of Armour (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Famous Suit of Armour)

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: John Pettie in his Studio (engraving)

John Pettie in his Studio (engraving)
1041477 John Pettie in his Studio (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: John Pettie in his Studio)

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: John Pettie, Scottish artist (b / w photo)

John Pettie, Scottish artist (b / w photo)
981703 John Pettie, Scottish artist (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: John Pettie (1839-1893), Scottish artist.); Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: Bret Harte, 1884. Creator: John Pettie

Bret Harte, 1884. Creator: John Pettie
Bret Harte, 1884

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: John Pettie, 1860s. Creator: John & Charles Watkins

John Pettie, 1860s. Creator: John & Charles Watkins
John Pettie, 1860s

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: The Flag of Truce, late 19th century, (c1902). Creator: Unknown

The Flag of Truce, late 19th century, (c1902). Creator: Unknown
The Flag of Truce, late 19th century, (c1902). After a painting in the Museums Sheffield collection. Men at the gates of a castle, possibly preparing to surrender to an unseen enemy

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: The Drumhead Court Martial, 1865, (c1902). Creator: Unknown

The Drumhead Court Martial, 1865, (c1902). Creator: Unknown
The Drumhead Court Martial, 1865, (c1902). After a painting in the Museums Sheffield collection. Victorian depiction of a 17th century scene: a military court on the battlefield

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: Treason, 1867, (c1902). Creator: Unknown

Treason, 1867, (c1902). Creator: Unknown
Treason, 1867, (c1902). After a painting in the Museums Sheffield collection. Victorian depiction of a 16th-century scene; men in discussion round a table, leaning earnestly towards each other

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: What D Ye Lack, Madam?, 1861, (c1915). Artist: John Pettie

What D Ye Lack, Madam?, 1861, (c1915). Artist: John Pettie
What D Ye Lack, Madam?, 1861, (c1915). From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney. [Virtue & Company, London, c1915]

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: The Passion Flowers of Life. c1860-1890, (1923). Artist: John Pettie

The Passion Flowers of Life. c1860-1890, (1923). Artist: John Pettie
The Passion Flowers of Life. c1860-1890, (1923). John Pettie RA (1839-1893) was a Scottish painter who spent most of his career in England

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: The Duke of Monmouth pleads for his life, 1685, (c1920). Artist: John Pettie

The Duke of Monmouth pleads for his life, 1685, (c1920). Artist: John Pettie
The Duke of Monmouth pleads for his life, 1685, (c1920). James Crofts, later Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, 1st Duke of Buccleuch (1649-1685), Pretender to throne of Scotland and England

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: The houses of York and Lancaster, 15th century, (c1920)

The houses of York and Lancaster, 15th century, (c1920). Members of the opposing sides in the Wars of the Roses whose symbols were the red rose (Lancaster), and the white rose (York)

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: John Pettie, artist and Royal Academician, 1882. Artist: Lock & Whitfield

John Pettie, artist and Royal Academician, 1882. Artist: Lock & Whitfield
John Pettie, artist and Royal Academician, 1882. Pettie (1839-1893) was born in Edinburgh and moved to London in 1862, two years after he first exhibited at the Royal Academy

Background imageJohn Pettie Collection: John Pettie 1860s Albumen silver print Approx

John Pettie 1860s Albumen silver print Approx
John Pettie, 1860s, Albumen silver print, Approx, 10.2 x 6.3 cm, 4 2 1/2, Photographs, 1, AM170720 027403


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John Pettie was a renowned Scottish artist known for his captivating and emotive paintings. One of his notable works is "The Vigil, c1884, " which portrays a scene filled with tension and anticipation. The use of light and shadow in this piece creates a dramatic atmosphere that draws the viewer into the narrative. In another masterpiece titled "Two Strings To Her Bow, 1887, " Pettie showcases his skill in capturing human emotions. This painting depicts two women engaged in conversation, their expressions revealing a mix of curiosity and intrigue. The attention to detail in their clothing and surroundings adds depth to the composition. Pettie's talent extended beyond traditional oil paintings as seen in "Pictures of the Year- VII, 'The Traitor', 1888. " Here, he demonstrates his versatility by creating an engaging illustration that tells a story through imagery alone. The intricate lines and shading bring life to each character, making it easy for viewers to immerse themselves in the narrative. Not only did Pettie excel at visual storytelling but he also had an eye for capturing moments behind-the-scenes. In "At Work on 'The Traitor'" engraving, we catch a glimpse of him engrossed in his creative process within his studio. This intimate portrayal allows us to appreciate the dedication and passion that went into every brushstroke. Beyond being an accomplished artist himself, it also immortalized other prominent figures through portraiture like Mrs John Pettie (1865). Through this stunning oil-on-canvas work, he captures her elegance and grace while showcasing his mastery over color palettes. Pettie's artistic prowess wasn't limited to just paintbrushes; he also dabbled in engravings such as "A Famous Suit of Armour" where he brings forth intricate details with precision craftsmanship. Additionally, we catch glimpses into his personal life through images like "John Pettie in His Studio" engraving and a black-and-white photograph of the artist himself.