The McTaggart Collection
William McTaggart RSA RSW 1835 - 1910 was born into a crofting family in Aros in Argyllshire. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to a druggist in Cambeltown. In his spare time he sketched in chalk and painted in water colours and oils. On recommendation from a leading portrait artist of the time, Sir Daniel MacNee, McTaggart was offered a place at the Trustees' Academy in Edinburgh in 1852. His first oil picture 'The Little Fortune Teller' was exhibited in the RSA 1856. His work took much influence from the sea. He was also influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite movement but in the 1870's he began to develop an indigenous form of impressionism. His work has remained important because of its influence on subsequent generations of Scottish artists. The McTaggarts at Amhuinnsuidhe comprise an important collection spanning approximately 35 years.