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Iona About 1923

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
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.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

Scottish Colourists

A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.

Composition, Palette , Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GMA 5157
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size
  • Credit Presented in memory of Mr and Mrs N.A. Cockburn by their family, 2011