About this artwork

Most summers McTaggart would revisit his native Kintyre. Herring fishing was the mainstay of the local economy, but here McTaggart shows some children enjoying fishing as a leisure activity. He became famous for his seascapes and his images of children. The setting for this is off the shore at Kilkerran, which is part of Campbeltown. Stylistically this painting shows a transition between the detailed Pre-Raphaelite handling of the McTaggart’s earlier work and the free expressive brushwork of his later pictures.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    The Young Fishers
  • date created:
    Dated 1876
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    72.40 x 108.00 cm (framed: 147.32 x 110.49 x 15.24 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Dr John Kirkhope 1920
  • accession number:
    NG 1482
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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William McTaggart

William McTaggart