(b. 1861, Kaposvár, d. 1927, Kaposvár)

Portrait of James Pitcairn-Knowles

Oil on canvas, 55 x 64 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

James Pitcairn-Knowles (1863-1954), shown wearing a wide-brimmed hat, was a painter of Scots descent. He sympathized with Rippl-Rónai's aims and aspirations, was a close friend at Neuilly, and introduced him to Maillol. It was Rippl-Rónai who turned Maillol's attention to sculpture, while, in turn, Maillol aroused Rippl-Rónai's interest in the design of wall carpets, and the applied arts in general.