Runciman's pen and ink drawings are among the finest early Scottish Romantic landscapes. This dramatic sketch shows Dunvegan Castle lit up by a flash of lightning during a thunderstorm. Runciman chose a viewpoint from far below the castle rock to heighten the theatrical effect of the scene. The Castle is situated on the Isle of Skye and has been the family home of the chiefs of MacLeod of Dunvegan and Harris since 1270. This drawing dates from before the substantial re-modelling of Dunvegan, which took place in the 1840s, when ornamental turrets and modern battlements were added and the whole building altered to satisfy demands for the fashionable 'Baronial' style in Scotland.