William McTaggart Showery Harvest Day
Lot 1044*
William McTaggart, RSA RSW (British, 1835-1910) Showery Harvest Day 106.5 x 141 cm. (42 x 55 1/2 in.)
£100,000 - 150,000
US$ 170,000 - 250,000
Auction Details
The Scottish Sale Edinburgh
31 Aug 2011 18:00 BST

Auction 18906
Lot Details
Property from an Important Private American Collection
William McTaggart, RSA RSW (British, 1835-1910)
Showery Harvest Day
signed and dated 'McTaggart/99' (lower right)
oil on canvas
106.5 x 141 cm. (42 x 55 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    A.J.W. Taitt
    With Aitken Dott & Son, Edinburgh
    With Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London

    LITERATURE:
    J.L. Caw, William McTaggart, - A Biography and an Appreciation, James Maclehose & Sons, Glasgow, 1917, pp. 135, 156, 273

    Painted at Sandy Dean near Edinburgh, McTaggart's favourite autumn sketching ground, this is one of a series of large canvases painted 1898-99 which Caw thought among his most notable.

    McTaggart developed an indigenous form of 'impressionism' in the 1870s almost entirely independent of his French contemporaries, and he made few perfunctory trips to the continent. This monumental picture is a tour de force of expressive, intuitive brushwork, capturing light effects whorling around the lush foliage which stands off-centre, counterbalanced by the lines of sheaves which introduce an element of man-made geometry to nature.
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