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Samuel John Peploe R.S.A. (1871-1935)

Blue Day, Iona

Oil on canvas
20 1/16 x 27 15/16 ins (51 x 71 cms)


Collection of the artist's family
With Aitken Dott & Sons, Edinburgh, 1932
Private collection, Scotland

Liverpool Autumn Exhibition, 1933

Peploe wrote how he preferred Iona in stormy weather and the changeable Scotland's west coast would seldom disappoint.

Peploe had a disappointing painting trip to Kirkcudbright in the spring of 1931 and was pleased to get back to Iona in August, when Blue Day was probably painted. It is an unusually large format at 20 x 28 inches, broadly handled and low in tone; there is rain over the Sound of Iona, but light on Ben More.

This painting was bought by Aitken Dott & Sons in 1932, then exhibited in the Annual Liverpool Autumn Exhibition the following year. After Peploe died his widow bought the picture back, and it came subsequently to Hetty Buchanan in the 1940s whence it came by descent.

A view of the Sound of Iona, looking to Mull and Ben More. This larger format oil shows the spontaneity and freshness, which was characteristic of Peploe's later landscapes.

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