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Murray McNeel Caird Urquhart RBA (1880-1972) - Graphite Sketch, Sir James



A preparatory sketch of Sir James Babington, probably completed after Banington's retirement in 1919. Inscribed 'Lt General Sir James Babington KCB, KCMC. Sketch for portrait in the mess.' Babbington was a British Army officer and a renowned leader of cavalry, and made a name for himself for his actions in the Second Boer War. General Babington's image was chosen by Paul McCartney and used by the Beatles to depict the fictional "Sgt. Pepper" for the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and surface dirt. Overall in good condition.


26.1 x 25.4cm (10.3" x 10")
Sheet: 34.5 x 32.7cm (13.6" x 12.9")

Collection Information

From a collection of watercolours by the Scottish artist Murray McNeel Caird Urquhart (1880-1972).

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Artist Biography

Murray Urqhart was a well known painter, born in Kirkcudbright. He studied at Edinburgh School of Art, the Slade School, Westminster School of Art with Sickert, and at the Académie Julian, Paris, under J.P. Laurens.

He exhibited widely, mainly at the RBA having been elected a member in 1914, the RA, and the Lefevre Gallery and Walker's Gallery in London.

He experimented with pointillism often painting landscapes, portraits and domestic interiors and completed a series of pictures of fairground subjects.

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Code pn228
Artist Murray McNeel Caird Urquhart RBA (1880-1972)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 26.1 x 25.4cm
Framed No
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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