Miss Chris McGregor completed this piece exactly 100 years ago as it is dated 1919. McGregor was an early 20th century Scottish animal artist known for her portraits of dogs as well as rabbits. She exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and the prestigious Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Her sensitivity with animals is obvious in this charming portrait. She gave the adorable white and black rabbit personality; it seems to have been gazing back at her apprehensively while she was painting. Her brush strokes are sometimes broad, and at others they are shorter and finer. Her style combines the two types of brush strokes to give the best representation of her subject. Even the lettuce leaves show this element of her style. The background is deliberately sketchy; mostly just color with few definitions of objects. The painting is fully signed and dated in the lower right-hand corner.
It is framed in what appears to be its original wood and gesso gilded frame. The elaborate patterns molded into it contrast with the simplicity of the painting.
The painting is in excellent original condition. The frame is overall in excellent condition, with a slight loss of gesso in the pattern on the lower edge. There is some natural separation of the gesso work on the ornate frame. This is usually caused by shrinkage as it ages. The slight amount of gesso separation lends an antique character to this stunning piece.
It measures 21-1/4 inches wide and 17-1/4 inches high, including the frame.
Portrait of a Pet Rabbit, by Christine McGregor