Scottish portrait and landscape painter William Oliphant Hutchison was an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy, President of the Royal Scottish Academy from 1950 to 1959 and a member of the Royal Society of Arts. Knighted in 1953, this self-portrait was executed in London in 1926, where the artist was at that time pursuing a successful career as a portrait painter
This attractive early work by Hutchison is signed at bottom right and dated 1931. The sitter was, so we are given to understand, the son of Music Hall and Radio Actor and personality, Stanley Groome, well known in the 1930’s and 40’s for his appearances on BBC Radio. Moving in the same theatrical and artistic circles, it is likely that both artist and actor were acquainted and thus that this is how the portrait came to be commissioned. The sitter, Peter Groome went on later in life, so we believe, to pursue a successful career as a builder and restorer of church organs.