♦ SAMUEL JOHN PEPLOE R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1871-1935)
Signed, oil on canvas
63cm x 76cm (25in x 30in)
Estimate £ 80,000-120,000
Provenance: The Wood Collection
Literature: Philip Coupe, Paintings of Iona -Cadell and Peploe 2014, Ill.Pl. 12
Peploe was first encouraged to visit the isle of Iona by his friend and fellow Scottish Colourist, F.C.B. Cadell, and both artists were to be endlessly inspired by its cool, crisp light and constantly changing weather and coastline. It became a place to which Peploe returned for many summers with his young family, offering relaxation and a fresh perspective.
Iona Abbey is a key landmark of the isle, and here Peploe's light yet confident handling renders it as the key compositional element in a work that views it from nearby high ground; gliding over nearby crofts to the Abbey and then out towards the expanse of sea and other Western Isles beyond. A colourist by name, Peploe deftly uses a palette of soft greens, whites and yellow with sparse highlights of a stronger blue to create a harmonious composition that captures the distinctive atmosphere of the West Coast of Scotland.
Sold for £98,500 (buyer's premium included)