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Duntulm Castle, Skye

Cecil Arthur Hunt (1873-1965)



Watercolour, bodycolour and coloured chalk

15 ½ x 22 inches

William Macdonald

'Chris Beetles Summer Show 2015', No 69
Possibly the Work Exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, 1935, No 706 as 'Ruins at Duntholm, Skye'

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 five 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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