This work was painted as Campbell was nervously awaiting a visit to the studio of John Byrne in Nairn.

John Byrne was born in Paisley and Campbell uses the Paisley pattern with references to Velasquez. First there is the device of a painting within a painting which echoes the work 'Las Meninas' and there is an allusion to Velasquez' self portrait in the top right corner. Byrne's Picasso-inspired shorthand inspired the little heraldic-looking dog, taken again from Velasquez. Byrne's diverse practice made him something of a hero to Campbell.


The artist.

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