About this artwork

McTaggart's childhood days in Kintyre on West Coast of Scotland induced a love of the sea that stayed with him for the rest of his life. He excelled at painting the scudding foam and spray, and the changing light and colour of the sea. Here, he has perfectly captured the essence of life spent among the elements on the cold, green sea. McTaggart was knowledgeable about boats and made precise studies of the skiffs that were used to catch the once plentiful herrings, or 'Silver Darlings'. These fishing vessels were particular to western Scotland and measured around thirty feet in length, with room for four oarsmen. As McTaggart shows here, their masts were raked at an angle with brown tanned sails.

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  • title:
    Off to the Fishing
  • accession number:
    D 5033
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  • materials:
    Watercolour and bodycolour on paper
  • date created:
    About 1871
  • measurements:
    25.30 x 37.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Dr R.A. Lillie Bequest 1977

William McTaggart

William McTaggart