Percy's accomplished and evocative paintings were based on sketches made during extensive travels throughout the British Isles. He was often accompanied by one of his brothers, all five of whom were practising artists.
Loch Coruisk is set against the Cuillin Hills. Its name means 'The cauldron' - precipitant, as heavy rainfall can cause waterfalls to cascade down into the valley and the water level rises accordingly.
This was Percy's second exhibited picture bearing the title of Loch Coruisk. The first, shown a decade previous at the Royal Academy in 1874, was one of a series undertaken following Percy's travels through the Highlands and the Inner Hebrides. A number of sketches made during this tour were sold in the artist's studio sale at Christie's, London, on 27 November 1886.
We are grateful to Michael Knowles, O.B.E., for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.