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Duntulm Castle, Skye

Cecil Arthur Hunt (1873-1965)



Watercolour, bodycolour and coloured chalk

15 ½ x 22 inches

William Macdonald

Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, 1935, No 706 as 'Ruins at Duntholm, Skye' (£12);
'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 161

Letter of Provenance from Cecil Hunt to William Macdonald, dated 1 July 1954. (included in sale)
'Dear Mr Macdonald,
What a truly delightful letter I received from you this morning. Thank you so much. Such appreciation from a Scot of course thrills me, as I always have loved your western highlands, & particularly the fairy land of Skye, & further north the bleak precipices of Suilven. How lovely they are! I used to motor and walk these a lot.
Well now I should like to help you if I can about methods and colours. What I have been using in some years is Winsor and Newton's designers superfine Gouache in tubes. They just have the strength & body I like, but which are anathema to the purely transparent watercolourist!
I enclose a scribble painted with ultramarine, red ochre, raw sienna & spectrum yellow. & you can see how brilliant the effect is.
The lighter parts are taken out with a palette knife when the colour is still damp, & you can see what fascinating accidents appear!
I find from one of my sketch books that I was at Dunthulm [sic] in 1932, but I have been there since.
Yours sincerely, Cecil A Hunt'

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