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The Scottish artist Strang, who lived in London, followed a successful career as an etcher before concentrating on painting from about 1905. He was unusual in being unpredictable in style, as his work looked like various old masters and contemporaries, but often with intense local colour. His paintings are always dependent on a strong outline. He began his career as a portraitist with a series of many pencil portraits in the manner of Holbein.

September 2004