Sir William MacTaggart

The Wigtown Coast (1968)

About this artwork

This painting is a coastal view of the county of Wigtownshire in the south-west of Scotland. MacTaggart’s distinctive use of colour is seen in this work, as he used both colour and an expressive handling of paint to convey emotion. This work was painted in 1968, the same year the artist was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French Government. It is one of MacTaggart’s largest paintings.

  • title: The Wigtown Coast
  • accession number: GMA 2740
  • artist: Sir William MacTaggartScottish (1903 - 1981)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: The sea
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1968
  • measurements: 86.20 x 111.50 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1983
  • copyright: © FAMILY OF THE ARTIST

Sir William MacTaggart

Sir William MacTaggart

Born in Loanhead, Midlothian, MacTaggart was the grandson of the artist William McTaggart, the leading Scottish landscape painter of his period. MacTaggart studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1918 to 1921, returning there in 1933 to teach until 1958. He painted landscapes and still lifes and was much influenced by the work of Edvard Munch and French artists such as Georges Rouault, whose use of colour to express emotions particularly inspired him. MacTaggart was President of the Royal Scottish Academy from 1959 to 1964.