Jock and the Tiger Cat by John Byrne

This is a powerful example of Byrne's naive figurative approach, and was commissioned in 1978 by Mrs Johnstone whose name is drawn on the floor of the windowless room, as if in chalk.


Oil on canvas
102 x 76 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,500 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
William Hardie Ltd

The distortion of scale and form, and the suggestion of symbolism in the carefully placed objects, gives the work a disquieting and surreal quality.


Commissioned by Mrs Johnston, Edinburgh; William. Hardie Gallery.

Venue details

Perth Museum and Art Gallery 78 George St, Perth Perth & Kinross PH1 5LB 01738 632488

Entry details

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