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Iona Study 1920s

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
During the First World War, Peploe wrote to fellow Scottish Colourist, FCB Cadell: “When the war is over I shall go to the Hebrides, and recover some vision I have lost. There is something marvellous about the western seas.” Encouraged by Cadell, Peploe first visited the Hebridean island of Iona in 1920 and he returned virtually every summer thereafter. He painted almost exclusively on the northern end of the island. This gentle work, really a sketch in oil paint, would have been painted on the spot as this view caught the artist’s eye.

Glossary Open

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.

Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GMA 1943
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 22.60 x 30.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977