Encouraged by Cadell, Peploe first visited Iona in 1920 and he returned almost every summer thereafter. Peploe was particularly fond of the rocky northern end of the island and its views towards Mull. This is an early work, from about 1923. Although incomplete, the rocks in the foreground not yet painted, this was to become a typical composition of Peploe’s paintings of the Iona landscape. He abandoned the warm colours of his still lifes for a palette of cool greens and blues.