About this artwork

After World War One, Gray built up her portrait practice, based in her studio at 141 Bath Street, Glasgow. She produced decorative but unsentimental images of young women and children. Her paintings are characterised by unconventional placing of figures, unusual colour schemes and shadow patterns, as can be seen in this work. This painting becomes increasing stylised towards the bottom of the image, using a limited palette and shadows to dramatic effect.

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  • title: Mother and Child
  • accession number: GMA 5531
  • artist: Norah Neilson GrayScottish (1882 - 1931)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Children Families Glasgow Girls
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1920s
  • measurements: 77.00 x 57.00 cm (framed: 98.00 x 77.60 x 9.40 cm)
  • credit line: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh: Purchased with funds from the Cecil and Mary Gibson Bequest 2015

Norah Neilson Gray

Norah Neilson Gray

Gray was born in Helensburgh. While still a student at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) she exhibited at the Royal Academy, where she continued to show until 1926. She taught fashion design and drawing at the GSA and remained on the staff from 1906 to 1918. In 1910 she established a practice as a portrait painter in a studio at 141 Bath Street, Glasgow, painting mainly in oils but also in watercolour. In addition, her illustrations to ‘Wordsworth’s Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood’ were published by Dent in 1913. At the time of her death from cancer in 1931, aged forty-eight, she was considered ‘the foremost Scottish woman painter’.