William McTaggart

Compositional Study for Spring ('The Daisy Chain')

About this artwork

In 1863 McTaggart received an important commission from the Dundee textile magnate George Buchan Simpson. An amateur artist himself, he furnished his residence at Broughty Ferry with the best of modern Scottish art. Simpson proved a committed but demanding patron and often insisted on changes in design or tonal range, sometimes even after the public exhibition of commissioned works. This highly worked compositional study, which was submitted as a test piece for Simpson’s final approval, differs slightly from the finished picture Spring (1864) in the Gallery’s collection.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Compositional Study for Spring ('The Daisy Chain')
  • date created:
    1863
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    21.60 x 29.20 cm; Framed: 42.50 x 50.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Private Collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland, 2001
  • accession number:
    NGL 001.01
  • gallery:
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William McTaggart

William McTaggart