This pair of views of the Glen of Luss in the area of Loch Lomond were probably executed between 1793 and 1794 when Williams ran a drawing academy in Glasgow and before he set off on his travels abroad. In April 1794 views of Loch Lomond were offered for sale in the shop of the printer and bookseller David Niven. Niven published a print for Williams in that year, and it was probably his works that were advertised. (see Glasgow Courier 5 April 1794, p. 3(c)).
The National Gallery in Scotland has a brown wash drawing of the view of the lake bequeathed by William Findlay Watson in 1881, and a signed version of the second watercolour was sold at Sotheby's London, 14 March 1985, lot 109.
We are grateful to Joe Rock of the University of Edinburgh Fine Art Department for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.