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Watercolour - Loch Coruisk and Cuchullin Mountains, Isle of Skye
  • Loch Coruisk and Cuchullin Mountains, Isle of Skye
    Robson, George Fennel, born 1788 - died 1833
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Loch Coruisk and Cuchullin Mountains, Isle of Skye

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Skye (made)

  • Date:

    1826 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robson, George Fennel, born 1788 - died 1833 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Townsend Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 96, box R

Physical description

Robson was born in the north of England, and exhibited mainly views over the border in Scotland, a total of over six hundred at the Old Watercolour Society, of which he became President. He showed views of Loch Coruisk on several occasions, but it is most likely that this painting dates from 1826. The critics much admired his epic scale, and agreed that his treatment of mountain and loch scenery was unsurpassed. One writer, in Ackermann's Repository of the Fine Arts, thought this picture perfectly illustrated Sir Walter Scott's lines in Lord of the Isles:
'Of desert dignity to that dread shore,
That sees grim Coolin rise and hears Corisken roar'.
Certainly this watercolour has a dramatic scale, the highland chieftain, rhetorically gesturing to the distant peaks, appears very much the Scott hero, and Robson did quote from Scott in the exhibition catalogues on at least two occasions when he showed such scenes. It might be that the foreground figures are actually characters from Lord of the Isles: Robert the Bruce, Lord Ronald of the Isles and his page.

Place of Origin

Skye (made)


1826 (painted)


Robson, George Fennel, born 1788 - died 1833 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 85.2 cm framed (gilt), Width: 132.5 cm framed (gilt), Depth: 7.5 cm framed (gilt)

Descriptive line

Watercolour depicting Loch Coruisk and Cuchullin Mountains, Isle of Skye, by George Fennel Robson. Great Britain, 1826.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.
Alison Smith, ed. Watercolour London: Tate Publishing, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-85437-913-9.
p.76, pl.64
British watercolours : 1750-1950 / Katherine Coombs. London: V&A Publications, 2012





Subjects depicted

Mountains; Islands; Landscapes


Paintings; Scotland; Topographical watercolours


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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