McClure’s freely painted and powerfully coloured still life of 1962 places him immediately in the context of the ‘Edinburgh School’ and in particular demonstrates the influence of his friend Anne Redpath. Visits to her London Street address for tea became an official salon and her generosity to the younger painters (including of course her son David Michie) was characteristic. In 1961 she painted in Fife with McClure and Hamish Reid and the Bretton jug in this composition is likely to be the same as in many of Redpath still life compositions.
Signature: signed lower left
David McClure, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 1962, cat. 19