A work of art belonging to Johnny Beattie will be auctioned this month

A RARE painting from one of Scotland’s greatest artists will be auctioned this month.

The oil painting, known as the ‘Glasgow Tram’, by the renowned British artist, Herbert Whone, is sold by the family of the late Scottish comedian and actor Johnny Beattie.

It is about appearing in The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction at McTear’s in Glasgow on June 20 at 1 p.m.

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The Glasgow tram will be auctioned on June 20 at McTear’s.

The artwork, completed in 1962, was purchased directly from Whone and has been owned by the Beattie family ever since.

‘Glasgow Tram’ shows one of Glasgow’s last trams along a rainy street, the painting is a classic example of Whone’s work and perfectly captures the city in the 1960s.

Louise Beattie, Johnny’s daughter, said: “Dad loved his art, but it was my mom, Kitty Lamont, who bought the Herbert Whone directly from the artist.

“I’m pretty sure she bought it when they lived in Partickhill, which means it’s been in the family for almost 60 years.”

Johnny Beattie and wife Kitty Lamont with painting from Whone's Glasgow Tram - Scottish News
Photo provided by the Beattie family.
Johnny Beattie and his wife Kitty Lamont with the painting from Whone’s Glasgow Tram.

She added: “The painting has been admired and commented on several times over the years. In fact, the artist tried to redeem it at one point, although we politely declined.

“We had a lot of fun with the work, but after so many years and after my father passed away, we all agreed that it was time for another art lover to enjoy the work.”

Beattie (1926-2020) was known as one of Scotland’s greatest artists, with a career spanning over 60 years – he was a stand-up comedian, film and television actor, presenter, and recently appeared on the Scottish Soap ‘River City’.

A photo of John Beattie who was the original owner of the paintings - Scottish News
Photo provided by the Beattie family.
John Beattie.

Oil painting artist Whone (1925-2011) is originally from Yorkshire and moved to Glasgow in 1955 where he produced a range of paintings depicting the changes taking place in the cityscape .

His work is in many public collections, including Glasgow Museums and Galleries, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Hepworth and Salford Museums and Galleries.

Whone’s paintings are rarely sold at auction, experts at McTear estimate that auctions for ‘Glasgow Tram’ could go up to £ 12,000.

Brian Clements, Managing Director of McTear’s, said: “This fantastic painting represents a scene from Glasgow from the 1960s that Johnny Beattie and his wife Kitty Lamont would have known very well.

“It’s an evocative work that perfectly illustrates Whone’s style as he brings the last days of the city’s streetcars back to life.

“I have no doubt that we will see significant interest when the painting goes up for auction on June 20.”


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