About this artwork

Situated on the west coast of Kintyre and exposed to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, Machrihanish Bay offers the longest continuous stretch of sand in Argyll. The fluid handling of this pure landscape with its long horizontal rhythms and precise touches (the brown seaweed on the shore and the white flicks of the breaking wave) suggest the influence of Whistler and, in particular, of his famous Nocturnes.

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  • title:
    Machrihanish Bay
  • accession number:
    NG 1906
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    Dated 1878
  • measurements:
    82.50 x 123.20 cm (framed: 124.00 x 164.50 x 12.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mr and Mrs D W T Cargill 1938
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

William McTaggart

William McTaggart