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The Isles of the West

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The Isles of the West About 1908

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Cameron’s watercolour of the West Coast of Scotland shows a view from the mainland over to the islands, which stretch out across the horizon. He has captured the brilliant effects of the setting sun on the landscape, as its rays penetrate the thin cloud and radiate upon the land and water. In both the roof of a foreground farm building, and in the calm Atlantic Ocean behind, Cameron left areas without any colour, where the dazzling evening sun has had an almost bleaching effect. He applied very thin washes of watercolour to the painting and added minimal detail. This gives the scene an overall haziness, and adds to the sense of languidness as the day ends.

Glossary Open


A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Wash, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. D NG 2082
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 39.40 x 70.50 cm (framed: 59.10 x 84.50 x 3.00 cm)
  • Credit Lord Blanesburgh Bequest 1947