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    Sale 7555

    Scottish Art The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

    23 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 154

    Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, R.S.A., R.S.W. (1883-1937)

    Iona Cathedral

    Price Realised  


    Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, R.S.A., R.S.W. (1883-1937)
    Iona Cathedral
    signed 'F.C.B. Cadell' (lower centre), signed again and inscribed 'IONA CATHEDRAL/by/F.C.B. Cadell./property of G.W. Service, Esquire' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm.)

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    During Cadell's first trip to Iona he met George W. Service, a Glasgow shipowner, who was to become one of his greatest patrons. In 1922 Cadell painted Interior, Iona Cathedral (private collection), which Service also purchased, and here Cadell used the same soft pink paint to depict the stone's texture in the interior of the cathedral as in the present work. Service decorated his homes in Glasgow and Dumbartonshire with paintings by Cadell and his generous patronage contributed to Cadell's popularity and prosperity in the 1920s.

    Immediately recognisable from its distinctive outline, Iona Cathedral is one of Scotland's most historic and venerated sites. The burial place of the early Scottish kings, it has been an important Christian centre for over 800 years, with its architecture changing and evolving over the centuries.

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    G.W. Service.
    with Duncan Miller, London, where purchased by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text