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John MacLauchlan Milne
BLOSSOM OVER WHITE COTTAGES, ARRAN
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 49,250 GBP
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91
John MacLauchlan Milne
BLOSSOM OVER WHITE COTTAGES, ARRAN
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 49,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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John MacLauchlan Milne
1885 - 1957
BLOSSOM OVER WHITE COTTAGES, ARRAN
signed l.l.: Maclauchlan Milne
oil on canvas
51 by 61 cm.; 20 by 24 in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's, Hopetoun House, 15 April 2002, lot 219;
Private Collection

Catalogue Note

The present view of whitewashed crofter's cottages was almost certainly painted at the village of High Corrie on the island of Arran. It may depict Milne's own summer cottage, Seaview, which stood amid rocks and weather-beaten hawthorn trees that blossomed with white flowers in the summer and were watered by a fast-flowing burn from Goat Fell far above. Milne visited Arran almost every summer to paint and he and, for many years, his wife Elsie held an art school at their cottage for students visiting from Glasgow. There was a lively atmosphere enjoyed with likeminded visitors such as Robert McLlellan the playwright and poet who owned a neighbouring cottage. The ferry docked at the harbour of Corrie, which in former times had served the sandstone quarries of the island. Milne would climb the steep road from the harbour to the village of High Corrie where from the window of his cottage he could look out over the expanse of sea to the majestic peaks of Holy Isle. Beside the cottage, Milne converted the bothie into a studio and although the cottage offered modest comfort, it was an escape to a simpler form of life. Sheepskins covered the floor, paraffin lamps lit the rooms at night and Milne's own paintings decorated the walls. The ground was fertile enough to grow vegetables and there was a pub within walking distance where Milne enjoyed telling stories to the locals and sometimes paid his bill with a painting.

The Scottish Sale

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London