William Burns, ‘A Terrace’, 1948, The Scottish Gallery

We have dated this work to the late forties and are still trying to establish the location, but it is likely to have been painted at the time of his Hospitalfield residences, the last of which was in 1949. The location certainly has the feel of the North East and already we can see evidence of the painter’s concerns with pattern, structure and a sense of place. The influence of Ian Fleming is clear: he had succeeded James Cowie as Warden of the Patrick Allan-Fraser school of art in 1948 and would have encouraged a more painterly approach.

Signature: signed lower right

Private Collection

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