This is the only known work by Cadell of the Island of Erraid, a mile or so down the coast of Mull from Iona. The subject is Davy Balfour bay and the view south towards the Paps of Jura. The bay derived its modern name from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Kidnapped when the eponymous hero is shipwrecked on Erraid, swimming ashore after his captor’s ship strikes the Torran Rocks. The author had spent some summer months on the island aged nineteen when the family engineering firm were beginning the construction of the Dubh Artach lighthouse with granite quarried on the island and taken out on barges, but perhaps he was dreaming of becoming a writer and the adventures ahead.
Signature: signed lower right
The Scottish Colourists, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2016, cat.9
Major David Russell, Rothes, Fife, thence by decent
About Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell
Scottish, 1883-1937, Edinburgh, United Kingdom