About this artwork

The fresh bright colours of the sunlit landscape complement the healthy complexions of the two young girls resting by the stream. The distant lambs help confirm the season as spring, a time of new life and optimism echoed in the girls' youthful innocence. G.B.Simpson, a textile manufacturer from Dundee, who was a collector and enthusiastic amateur artist commissioned a pair of pictures, Spring and Autumn, from McTaggart in 1863. The compositions were planned through a series of pencil drawings and oil sketches also purchased by Simpson to ensure his exclusive ownership.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Spring
  • date created:
    1864
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas 45.1 x 60.4cm stretcher
  • measurements:
    Framed: 74.10 x 89.30 x 11.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Sir James Lewis Caw 1951
  • accession number:
    NG 2137
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William McTaggart

William McTaggart