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Iona Landscape: Rocks About 1925 - 1927

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Peploe first painted on the island of Iona in 1920 with fellow Scottish Colourist F.C.B. Cadell, and the two artists returned together most summers. Peploe was particularly fond of the rocky northern end of the island and its views towards Mull. Fascinated by the artistic possibilities of the island’s light and dramatic, changeable weather, Iona became a favourite motif for Peploe, as he painted it in all weathers and abandoned the warm colours of his still-lifes for a palette of cool greens and blues. While the island became a sanctuary for him, a world away from life in Edinburgh, its picture-postcard scenery also meant that his paintings were readily saleable.

Glossary Open


A distinctive element in a work of art or design.


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.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Motif, Palette , Scottish Colourists , Still life


  • Acc. No. GMA 1942
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 40.90 x 46.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977