FRANCIS CAMPBELL BOILEAU CADELL, R.S.A., R.S.W.
COVE, LOCH LONG
signed l.l.: F.C.B. Cadell
oil on panel
40 by 46cm., 15¾ by 18in.
The board is in good stable order and providing a sound support. There are a few minor surface cracks extending from the centre right framing edge. There are a few very faint horizontal cracks to the water in the centre of the composition, only visible on very close inspection. Some specks of surface dirt. Some rubbing and abrasion to the framing edges obscured beneath the mount.
Examination under ultraviolet light reveals no evidence of any retouching or restoration.
Held in a gold and white painted frame. Under glass.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Sotheby's, London, 29 August 1975, lot 359;
Private Collection, UK;
Christie's & Edmiston's, Glasgow, 8 April 1982, lot 177;
The Fine Art Society, London;
Christie's, London, 26 June 2014, lot 166, where purchased by the present owner
Loch Long is situated to the west of Loch Lomond in western Scotland, and the village of Cove on its banks provides spectacular views over the loch and the southern uplands. This colourful landscape, with its vast skies, changing light and reflections in the water, fascinated Cadell. As with his many paintings of Iona, he captures the view with bold colour and confident brushwork that clearly demonstrate the influence of French Post-Impressionism.
Cadell would often stay in Cove with George Service, a wealthy ship owner whom he had met on his first visit to Iona in 1912. The Services owned a large summer residence in Cove, as well as a yacht, and Cadell often joined them for sailing trips around the Western Isles. The pair formed a strong friendship, and Service became one of Cadell’s most important patrons, purchasing over 100 of his works.