'Hope's whisper' signed and dated 1890, oil on panel, 18 x 25cm (7 1/16 x 9 13/16in).
Provenance : Galloway Collection (sold 7.3.14) HH MacTaggart, Loanhead A wedding gift from Mrs Wemyss Honeyman to the present owner. Exhibited : Dundee, 1912 'Alexander Reid', Scottish Arts Council, 1967, no62. Literature : Caw, Sir J, 'William McTaggart', Glasgow, 1917, p261 Note : This picture is the finished panel of the larger "Away o'er the Sea- Hope's Whisper" (Kirkcaldy Art Gallery and Museum, described by Caw as a "masterpiece" p124). From McTaggart's most significant period, which encompassed themes of emigration and the arrival of Christianity in Scotland, this more general subject depicts a Kintyre family watching a boat sailing off on a calm, opalescent sea.