William McTaggart, RSA RSW (British, 1835-1910) Portrait of Mary McTaggart, 91 x 64 cm. (35 13/16 x 25 3/16 in.)
Lot 2
William McTaggart, RSA RSW (British, 1835-1910) Portrait of Mary McTaggart, 91 x 64 cm. (35 13/16 x 25 3/16 in.)
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,200 - 4,800

Lot Details
William McTaggart, RSA RSW (British, 1835-1910) Portrait of Mary McTaggart, 91 x 64 cm. (35 13/16 x 25 3/16 in.)
William McTaggart, RSA RSW (British, 1835-1910)
Portrait of Mary McTaggart, the Artist's First Wife
indistinctly inscribed and dated (lower centre)
oil on canvas
91 x 64 cm. (35 13/16 x 25 3/16 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Mr and Mrs James L Caw, Edinburgh

    EXHIBITED:
    Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland, William McTaggart Exhibition, 1989, cat.no.58

    LITERATURE:
    Sir James L. Caw, William McTaggart, - A Biography and an Appreciation, James Maclehose & Sons, Glasgow, 1917, p.252

    Mrs McTaggart, née Mary Holmes, died of illness in December of 1884, following the death of McTaggart's mother in November. Caw writes (p.90) 'her sympathetic and serene nature, forming a perfect foil to his ardent and eager spirit, with its inclination to impetuosity, had secured for him, amid the trials and misunderstandings seemingly inseparable from the career of a real creative artist, a home atmosphere peculiarly well suited for his development both as an artist and a man.'
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