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The Wigtown Coast
© Estate of Sir William MacTaggart

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The Wigtown Coast 1968

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This painting is a coastal view of the county of Wigtownshire in the south-west of Scotland. MacTaggart’s distinctive use of colour is seen in this work, as he used both colour and an expressive handling of paint to convey emotion. This work was painted in 1968, the same year the artist was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French Government. It is one of MacTaggart’s largest paintings.

Glossary Open


A style that made an impact in the arts in the 1920s, particularly in Germany. Expressionists deliberately abandoned realistic representation techniques in favour of exaggerations and distortions of line and colour that were intended to carry far greater emotional impact.

Légion d'Honneur

France's highest decorative order awarded for distinguished military or civilian service, established by Napoleon I in 1802.

Expressionism, Légion d'Honneur


  • Acc. No. GMA 2740
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 86.20 x 111.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1983