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William McTaggart, R.S.A., R.S.W.
1835-1910
THE YARN
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 66,000 GBP
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1018

VARIOUS PROPERTIES

William McTaggart, R.S.A., R.S.W.
1835-1910
THE YARN
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 66,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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William McTaggart, R.S.A., R.S.W.
1835-1910
1835-1910
THE YARN
signed and dated l.l. W McTaggart 1861; signed and inscribed with the title on an old label attached to the stretcher
oil on canvas
74 by 99 cm., 29¼ by 39 in.
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Provenance

Bought from the Royal Scottish Academy 1862;
Mr. W. A. Lauder, Carrick-on-Shannon;
Mr Frank Stevenson, Dundee

Exhibited

Glasgow, Royal Institute of Fine Arts, 1861-1862, no. 357;
Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1862;
Dundee, Loan Exhibition, 1912 as The Home Coming

Literature

James L. Caw, William McTaggart R.S.A., V.P.R.S.W.; A Biography and an Appreciation, 1917, pp. 34, 35, 225

Catalogue Note

James Caw described the subject of The Yarn; 'A young man-o'-war's man, just back from foreign parts, he is relating his adventures eagerly to an elderly countryman and a smiling-faced little girl as they jog homewards in a blue-bodied and red-wheeled farm-cart, drawn by an old white horse. A breadth of golden cornfield, in which the harvesters are working, separates the dusty roadway from the placid sea loch beyond, and the whole scene, except the right corner, which is filled with over-brown shadow, is suffused with clear and warm, if somewhat low-toned, sunshine.' (James L. Caw, William McTaggart R.S.A., V.P.R.S.W.; A Biography and an Appreciation, 1917, pp. 34-35). The Yarn is among McTaggart's earliest paintings of importance, and took the artist several years to complete. The model for the older male figure in the painting was McTaggart's own father who posed in 1860 for sketches shortly before his death and the background was painted at Campbeltown in 1861.

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