Proudfoot – James Proudfoot (1908-71)

From carpet designer to London celebrity

James Proudfoot was born in Perth (3 March 1908) and died in London (15 July 1971)

Early years

  • James was educated at Perth Academy and St Andrews University
  • James worked for a short while in his father’s carpet business
  • James moved to London where he studied art at Heatherleys and Goldsmiths College
  • James was settled permanently in London from 1937

Celebrated artist

  • James sported a red beard and for a while drove a yellow Rolls Royce convertible
  • James married the actress Ellen Pollock (1902-97)
  • James became well known as a portrait painter with many stars of stage and screen amongst his patrons
  • James exhibited at many prestigious exhibitions including the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon
  • James received a Mention Honorable at the 1956 Paris Salon for his Portrait of Peter Ustinov
  • James was a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
  • James had a renowned sense of humour and executed many comic drawings and caricatures which he termed Proudfootery

Works by James Proudfoot in Perth Museum and Art Gallery

(as it is not possible to show the entire collection at once if you  would like to view any material not on display please make an appointment by contacting the Art Section)

Paintings

  • Self Portrait, oil on canvas (1935)
  • Perth Rooftops, oil on canvas (1936)
  • Sun on a House Dieppe (also known as A Corner of Dieppe), oil on canvas (1937)
  • The Burnt Out House, oil on canvas (1947)
  • Ellen Pollock as Lady Macbeth, oil on hardboard (1953)
  • Portrait of Peter Ustinov, oil on canvas (1956)
  • A London Skyline, oil on board (not dated)

Drawings

  • Man on Trial, pen and ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Lancelot Stoppo, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Farewell my Lovely, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • There’s Real Pleasure on Walking, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of an Unknown Girl, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of an Unknown Man, pencil on paper (about 1965-71)
  • A Boy With Freckles, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Spent 14 Years on this one, pencil and wash on paper (about 1930-50)
  • Shopping Guide – Familiar, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • There are Moments When the Intellect Dulls, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Private Means, ink and wash on paper (about 1940-55)
  • Portrait of Unknown Baby (recto)/ Seated Woman (verso), pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Seated woman, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Fat Man With Moustache, fibre tip pen on paper (about 1970)
  • Brandy Through a Straw (recto)./ Thin Man with Plump Woman (verso), pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Tramp and Dog (recto)/ Tramp (verso), pencil on paper (about 1970-71)
  • Laughing Woman, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Standing Female Nude, ink and wash on paper (about 1955-65)
  • Study of a Draped Towel, pen and ink on paper (about 1920-39)
  • Man Peeling an Apple, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Woman, pencil on paper (1967)
  • Portrait of Unknown Young Woman, pencil on paper (about 1955-65)
  • Over Your Dead Body?, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • The Pros (recto)/ Landscape Study (verso), pencil on paper (recto)/ ink on paper (verso) (about 1950-71)
  • My Uncle was Worsted at Chess Last Night, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Self Portrait, pencil on paper (about 1960)
  • Portrait of Unknown Girl, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Heads of Actors, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Mars Bar Sir?, pencil on paper (August 1957)
  • The First Yes or No?, ink and conte on paper (about 1967-71)
  • Portrait of Michael Dennison, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Michael Dennison, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Long-haired Woman, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Man, ink on paper (about 1930-40)
  • Chagrin, pencil on paper (about 1965-71)
  • X-MA Ye Godess of Scratch, pencil on paper (1964)
  • Female Nude, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait Study of Unknown Woman (recto)/ Train-Head (verso), pencil on paper (recto) ink on paper (verso) (about 1960-70)
  • The Vice-President, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • He’s Not Understood at His Club, ink on paper (about 1940-50)
  • Hydestile Handicap Obstacle Race fro 53 Year Olds, ink on paper (1961)
  • Female Nude (recto and verso), pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • That Lonely Kipper in a Humble Attic, ink on paper (about 1940-50)
  • The Youth of Today, ink on paper (about 1940-50)
  • Nudist Colony, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Lieutenant James Proudfoot, ink on paper (about 1939-45)
  • Ha! New Fields, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Man Smoking, pencil on paper (about 1965-71)
  • Hang Over Coat,ink on paper (about 1945)
  • So Your Husband Says His Secretary is Rather Deaf?, ink on paper (about 1940-50)
  • Sheet of Caricatures, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Morning Stroll, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Woman, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Caricatures, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Slumber, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Officer and a Gentleman, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Overwrought Gates, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • At The Royal Court Theatre, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • The Conductor, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Bride and Groom, ink on paper (about 1940-60)
  • The Hon. Jock Weir, ink wash on paper (about 1940-50)
  • Bespectacled Man With a Toothy Grin, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of Colin Wilson, ink on paper (about 1956)
  • Portrait of Unknown Woman, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Woman, conte on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Watching the Races, ink on paper (about 1965-71)
  • Place Name Near Dartmouth, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Place Names, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Old Woman in a Helmet, ink and wash on paper (about 1950-60)
  • As I was Saying, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Oops Pardon!, ink on paper (1958)
  • Caricatures, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Man in Top Hat, pencil on paper (about 1940-50)
  • Old Woman in Dressing Gown and Fluffy Slippers, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Private Means, ink on paper (about 1939-45)
  • Self Portrait, ink on paper (about 1965-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Woman, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Couture, ink on paper (about 1965-71)
  • Hospital Patients, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • This’ll Kill You, ink on paper (about 1940-50)
  • The Man-Woman with the Baby’s Head, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown British Serviceman, pencil on paper (about 1939-45)
  • The Rutledge Incident, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of a Middle Aged Man, conte and chalk on paper (1968)
  • Tennis Anyone?, pencil and wash on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Gr-r-r-r-r!, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Woman Drinking, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Woman and Warplanes, ink on paper (about 1939-45)
  • 3 Jolly Sailors, ink on paper (about 1939-45)
  • His Third Pip, ink on paper (about 1939-45)
  • Why Can’t You Find My Lieder?, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Reclining Man, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Dialing Turn for the 1961 Waistlines, ink on paper (1961)
  • Do Try This! It’ll Kill You, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • The Perfecto Safe, ink on paper (about 1930-40)
  • Cannibals’ Victim, pencil on paper (about 1955-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Woman, pencil on paper (1970)
  • Shopping Trip, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Reclining Woman With Glass, ink on paper (about 1965-71)
  • The Fake, ink on paper (1952)
  • He’s Been Going Downhill For Years, pencil on paper (about 1940-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Man Sleeping, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Meet Miss Jones the Miniature Painter, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Woman, conte on paper (1969)
  • The Cynic, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Yes or No, Mr Bowels?, blue biro on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of Ellen Clara Pollock Proudfoot, pencil on paper (1967)
  • Garden Party, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Young Woman with Long Hair, conte on tinted paper (1969)
  • Nurse and Male Patient, blue biro on paper (about 1960-71)
  • M’sieur You Are So Clumsy, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • The Suicide Attempt, pen and ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Self Portrait, pencil on tinted paper (about 1955-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Young Man, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Young Woman with Bobbed Hair, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Sketch for a Portrait Composition, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Yaaasss?, pen and blue ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Sheet of Caricature Male Heads, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Drapery Study, wash on paper (about 1920-30)
  • Portrait of Unknown Young Woman With Hair Swept back, conte on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Boy, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Sheet of caricatures, ink on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Man, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Unknown Man, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • With Much Love For Your Tenacity….., pen and blue ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Dance? No Thank You, pen and ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Moustached Man Admiring Female Nude, ink on paper (about 1940-50)
  • Worried Man in Bowtie, ink on paper (about 1930-50)
  • Adam and Eve, pen and ink and wash on paper (about 1928-36)
  • Menu, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Dead Heat, pencil on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Pneumatic Drill, ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Self Portrait, coloured chalks on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Standing Woman With Hands on Hips, conte on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Portrait of Ellen Clara Pollock Proudfoot, conte on paper (1968)
  • Twiggy?, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Smiling Young Woman, pencil on paper (1969)
  • Female Saint With Devil, pen and ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • 4 Caricatures of Walking Men, pen and ink on paper (about 1950-60)
  • Come on Major – Let’s Get Cracking, pen and ink on paper (about 1939-45)
  • Proudfoot Takes a Turn For The Nurse, blue biro on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Portrait of a Man, Possibly the Actor Robert Morley, pencil on paper (about 1960-71)
  • Perhaps You’re Right Old Man, They Do Look Despondent, pen and ink on paper (about 1939-45)
  • Portrait of Unknown Boy, pencil on tinted paper (1971)
  • Don’t Forget the Diva/ Follow My Leda?/ Leider, pen and ink on paper (about 1940-60)
  • To Porlock, pencil on paper (about 1957)
  • Woman Doing Her Make-up Astride a Motorbike, pencil on paper (about 1957)
  • Silhouette Landscape and Sea, ink and pencil on paper (about 1957)
  • Changeable Innit?/ Appledore, ink and pencil on paper (August 1957)
  • Cats Dogs and Birds, ink and pencil on paper (about 1957)
  • Sheet of Caricature Heads, pen and blue ink on paper (about 1957)
  • Self Portrait Smoking a Pipe, ink on paper (about 1964)
  • The Medium, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • The women, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • My Uncle Was Worsted at Chess Last Night, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Love Luck and Good Wishes, ink and watercolour on paper (about 1950-60)
  • The Ladies, pencil on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Men’s Heads, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Dogs Running, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • But Why Should Rembrandt Paint Such Stubby Hands?, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Woman, ink on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Study of a Rose, pencil on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Portrait of Unknown Man With Beard and Spectacles, conte on paper (1966)
  • Frivolous Metaphysics in a Garden, pencil on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Caricature of a Seated Figure, pencil on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Arms and Hands, pencil on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Arms and Hands, pencil on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Caricature of a Figure Resting on an Arc, pencil on paper (about 1950-71)
  • Men Women and Love/ Shakespeare Sheridan Shaw Sutro Tolstoy, ink on paper (about 1950-71)

Sketchbooks

There are 11 sketchbooks in the collection with miscellaneous pages of drawings, in addition to some ideas for plays

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