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William Lakin Turner specialised in large, wild, ‘Romantic’ oils of Scottish or Lakeland woodland and mountain scenes. He exhibited with the Lake Artists Society from its inaugural show in Coniston Institute in 1905, when his ‘Highland River after Rain’ overwhelmed other works. Whether this is the painting now at The Ruskin Museum is not recorded: until the advent of the PCF’s Art Detective advisory site, our picture was vaguely titled 'A Scottish Glen', featuring a similarly turbulent sky, an inhospitably windswept glen, and a river in flood. With no label or inscription to provide a definite location, this seemed a generically ‘Highland’ painting. We are thus extremely grateful to the Art Detectives who have responded, in consensus, to identify the scene as being in Glencoe, The Glen of Weeping, a popular destination for tourists and an emotive subject for artists from the early nineteenth century, being the scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonalds on 13th February 1692.

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oil on canvas


H 103 x W 156 cm

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gift from the artist, 1905

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