This pastel work is by the Scottish artist Peter Howson, a leading figurative artist best known for works depicting working class men and inspired by life on the streets of Glasgow, where he grew up.
Head V is part of the John Munro Collection, the most recent addition to the University’s Art Collection. It was bequeathed by Dr John Munro (1933–2013), who graduated MBChB from Edinburgh in 1960 and had a long and successful medical career. Munro loved art and amassed a large collection that included some of the most respected names in 20th century Scottish art. John and his wife Jeanie often collected from art college degree shows to offer opportunities for emerging Scottish artists, and even allowed young artists to use the attic of their home as a studio.
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