Artist Douglas Percy Bliss: Satires of Highland Gatherings; Heavy Events at the Strathbannock Highland Gathering, circa 1935

Artist Douglas Percy Bliss (1900-1984): Satires of Highland Gatherings; Heavy Events at the Strathbannock Highland Gathering, circa 1935

Hover over the painting to magnify (there may be an initial delay while the magnified image is loaded)

Douglas Percy Bliss (1900-1984):
Satires of Highland Gatherings; 'Heavy Events' at the Strathbannock Highland Gathering, circa 1935
Unmounted (ref: 7849)
Signed and titled

Pencil, gouache and watercolour on paper
10 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (27 x 24 cm)

See all works by Douglas Percy Bliss pastel watercolour sport Sporting Greats



Provenance: The Artist's Daughters

A group of six satirical watercolours dated 1935 puncture the shortbread, haggis and bagpipe clichés of his countrymen. Games in Full Swing, Heavy Events, Dancing and Piping, March of the Clansmen, Highland Society and The Wedding of the Chief, all at the fictional Strathbannock Highland Gathering, are reminiscent of the cartoonist H.M.Bateman in their ability to deflate social pretentions. Douglas submitted them to Punch but they were rejected as ‘too severe’.