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In Ardnamurchan
© Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

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In Ardnamurchan About 1936

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Gillies loved to paint dramatic Highland landscapes, particularly the area around Ardnamurchan, Morar and the Kyle of Lochalsh where he made regular trips throughout the 1930s. Following the death of his beloved sister Emma in 1935 and with the threat of war looming, Gillies’s landscapes became increasingly emotional and expressive. In this painting, the dark, watery sky threatens imminent rain, contrasting with the lighter colours and relaxed mood of the figures in the foreground, who are the artist’s mother, Aunt Margaret and sister Jenny. Gillies said of this painting; ‘The mood of this one I like. There is a fine threat in the landscape’.

Glossary Open


Usually refers to watercolour mixed with white pigment that retains the fluidity of the former but without the transparency. The term body-colour is also used.



  • Acc. No. GMA 1723
  • Medium Watercolour and gouache on paper
  • Size 50.60 x 63.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977