Children Playing (recto)/The Fireplace (verso)

Eardley was born in Sussex in 1921. She moved to Scotland with her family in 1939 and they settled in the Glasgow suburb of Bearsden the following year. At the same time, Eardley began studying at Glasgow School of Art, where she was taught by Hugh Adam Crawford. Eardley went on to study at Hospitalfield House's postgraduate art school under James Cowie, who helped shape her preference for everyday subjects. In 1948 Eardley completed a post diploma year at Glasgow School of Art. After travels in Italy and France, she moved to Glasgow where she drew and painted the local street children of Townhead. These works capture the last traces of a poverty stricken area of one of Scotland’s major cities. In 1954, while still living in Glasgow, she spent much time in Catterline before moving there permanently in 1961. She died in 1963 at the age of just 42.

  • Material/Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Date: 1955
  • Creator: Kathleen Joan Eardley
  • Accession number: 2010.208
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a