A June day crab catching

William McTaggart was born in Aros in Kintyre in 1835. He moved to Edinburgh at the age of only 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. While his early works were mainly figure paintings, inspired by his childhood love of the sea, he later turned seascape painting. From the 1880s, he painted the majority of his works outdoors, en plein air. While his work has been compared to the French Impressionists, he was influenced by Constable. Today he is recognised as one of Scotland’s best landscape painters.

  • Material/Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Date: 1903
  • Creator: William, Sir MacTaggart
  • Accession number: 1/143
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a