Docharty lived at 3 Jane Street in Glasgow from 1899. He had exhibited with the Royal Glasgow Institute since 1879 and continued to do so until the year of his death. He also showed at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Scottish Academy. The son of painter James Docharty (see lot 70), Sir J.L. Caw described his work as 'painted with gusto, but not without refinement, in frank, fresh and harmonious colour, and good in drawing and design'. (Sir J.L. Caw, Scottish Painting 1620-1908, 1908, p. 390).