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William McTaggart

William Mctaggart Painting - Fishing From The Rocks by William McTaggart

Fishing From The Rocks

William Mctaggart Painting - Spring by William McTaggart

Spring

William Mctaggart Painting - Summer In The Garden. Broomieknowe by William McTaggart

Summer In The Garden. Broomieknowe

William Mctaggart Painting - Fishing From The Rocks. Port Seton by William McTaggart

Fishing From The Rocks. Port Seton

William Mctaggart Painting - Ocean. I Scan The Ocean A Sail To See by William McTaggart

Ocean. I Scan The Ocean A Sail To See

William Mctaggart Painting - Adrift by William McTaggart

Adrift

William Mctaggart Painting - The Murmur Of The Shell by William McTaggart

The Murmur Of The Shell

William Mctaggart Painting - Sunset Glamour by William McTaggart

Sunset Glamour

William Mctaggart Painting - The Past And The Present by William McTaggart

The Past And The Present

William Mctaggart Painting - Over The Harbour Bar by William McTaggart

Over The Harbour Bar

William McTaggart (25 October 1835 – 2 April 1910) was a Scottish landscape and marine painter who was influenced by Impressionism.


Life and work

The son of a crofter, William McTaggart was born in the small village of Aros, near Campbeltown, in Kintyre a western peninsula of Scotland.

He moved to Edinburgh at the age of 16 and studied at the Trustees' Academy under Robert Scott Lauder. He won several prizes as a student and exhibited his work in the Royal Scottish Academy, becoming a full member of the Academy in 1870. His early works were mainly figure paintings, often of children, but he later turned to land and marine art specifically seascape painting, inspired by his childhood love of the sea and the rugged, Atlantic-lashed west coast of his birth.
The Storm, 1890, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
The grave of McTaggart and his wife, alongside his daughter, Newington Cemetery

McTaggart was fascinated with nature and man’s relationship with it, and he strove to capture aspects such as the transient effects of light on water. He adopted the Impressionist practice of painting out of doors, and his use of colour and bold brushwork resemble qualities found in paintings by Constable and Turner, both artists whom he admired.

McTaggart was skilled in the use of both oil and watercolour and, in addition to Kintyre seascapes, he also painted landscapes and seascapes in Midlothian and East Lothian. Many of his later works depict the Moorfoot Hills which could be seen from his house near Lasswade, which he moved to in 1889.
Through Wind and Rain, 1875, McManus Galleries, Dundee

He is regarded as one of the great interpreters of the Scottish landscape and is often labelled the "Scottish Impressionist".

He married Marjory Henderson (1856-1936), the daughter of another painter, Joseph Henderson (artist) RSW (1832–1908), Joseph's sons John Henderson (1860–1924) and Joseph Morris Henderson (1863–1936) also being painters. McTaggart painted a striking portrait of his father-in-law, Joseph Henderson, which hangs in the Glasgow Museum.

One of his pupils was the Scottish marine painter James Campbell Noble.

He is buried in Newington Cemetery in Edinburgh just south of the main roundel on a corner between paths. He lies with both his first and second wives: Mary Holmes (d. 1884, aged 47), Marjory Henderson (d. 1936, aged 80). Three of his children died in infancy and are buried with him. His daughter, Annie Mary (1864–1949), who married the art historian Sir James Caw, lies alongside.

His paper are held by the Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Local History Society.[1]
Paintings

Amongst McTaggart's better known works are:

Spring, 1864
Off to the Fishing, 1871
Through Wind and Rain, 1875
The Bait Gatherers, 1879
The Storm, 1890
Lobster Fishers Machrihanish Bay, 1909
Fisher Boy, 1862
John Kelly Stuart, 1879

See also

List of Scots artists

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