- Presented by R E McDougall, 1932
- Oil on canvas
- 700 x 600 x 65mm
- c. 1872
George Paul Chalmers was one of the most important Scottish artists of his time and painted many significant portraits. However, The End of the Chapter is intended as an allegory, representing the idea of a life lived rather than any specific individual. The elderly man is placed within a dark interior; light enters the scene and is reflected up from the book to illuminate the face of the reader. Chalmers expresses something existential through his use of chiaroscuro, the contrast of light and dark, which here provides a contemplative mood and suggests an intimate internal dialogue.
(Endless Light, 29 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)