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‘Spotlight Exhibition’ of Newly Acquired Art
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Scottish Maritime Museum’s ‘Spotlight Exhibition’ of Newly Acquired Art
‘The Pier at Cove – Loch Long’ by internationally renowned Scottish Colourist Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell takes centre stage in the Scottish Maritime Museum’s new SMMart Spotlight Exhibition, which opens this week.
The SMMart Spotlight Exhibition at the Scottish Maritime Museum on the Harbourside in Irvine, North Ayrshire, showcases 20 works of art acquired during the first half of the Museum’s three year SMMArt project to develop a nationally significant art collection to enrich the national maritime collection.
The SMMart Spotlight Exhibition, which runs until Monday 20th March, also features works by George Wyllie, Kate Downie, Will Maclean, Joyce W. Cairns, Tom McKendrick, Benno Schotz and Patricia Cain amongst others.
‘The Pier at Cove – Loch Long’ by Francis Cadell was acquired by the Scottish Maritime Museum through the SMMart: Enriching the Imagery of Scotland’s Maritime Heritage project, which has been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures programme, and with the assistance of Art Fund and the National Fund for Acquisitions.
This is the first time the Museum has exhibited ‘The Pier at Cove – Loch Long’ since it was purchased last year. The striking oil on panel painting, which depicts a puffer boat sitting alongside Cove Pier at Loch Long in Argyll, is a rare example of a Cadell work featuring a boat.
The painting, which also brings a new perspective to the Museum’s Scottish puffers collection, was most likely painted in the latter years of his life, around 1934, using similar colours to his Iona paintings of that year. It was gifted to Katharine Tennant, the great granddaughter of Scottish Industrialist Sir Charles Tennant and sister-in-law of former Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, later that year.
Other artworks in the SMMart Spotlight Exhibition displayed across the Museum’s 1872 Linthouse building include a series of original travel posters such as a scene of Rothesay designed by Frank Henry Mason for London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1927, and the oldest painting acquired so far, ‘On the Clyde’ by James Francis Williams which dates from 1830.
Paintings by two former Govan shipyard workers turned artists – Jim Collins from Irvine and James S. Davis from Beith – complete the exhibition.