CADELL: A Colourist at Work

CADELL: A Colourist at Work

A Glasgow Exhibition

We are delighted to present a selection of paintings and watercolours by the Scottish Colourist FCB Cadell (1883-1937) in our Glasgow gallery this Spring.

This display, curated by Associate Directors James McNaught and Alice Strang, celebrates the work of Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883-1937), one of the most important Scottish artists of the twentieth-century. He was the youngest of the four artists known as the ‘Scottish Colourists’, along with J. D. Fergusson, G. L. Hunter and S. J. Peploe.


FRANCIS CAMPBELL BOILEAU CADELL R.S.A., R.S.W. (SCOTTISH 1883-1937) | IONA, EAST BAY – THE LITTLE ISLAND AND MULL | oil on panel | 38 x 45cm | £40,000 - £60,000 + fees | To be offered June 2022
oil on panel | 38 x 45cm | £40,000 - £60,000 + fees | To be offered Scottish Paintings & Sculpture, June 2022


Cadell was born in Edinburgh and lived there for most of his life. He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris and at the Academie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. His first solo exhibition was held at Doig, Wilson & Wheatley in the Scottish capital in 1908. A new studio in Edinburgh’s George Street and a breakthrough painting trip to Venice in 1910 saw Cadell emerge as an artist of style and originality in the pre-war period.

During the 1920s Cadell became celebrated for the still lifes and interiors of his studio practice, as well as for landscapes based on working en plein air in Scotland and France. His work was included in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Paris.

Cadell visited the Hebridean island of Iona for the first time in 1912 and returned regularly thereafter. Iona’s ever-changing light conditions, natural beauty and expansive views provided endless inspiration for the artist.

Cadell was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour before his death in 1937. His work is held in numerous public collections.

The display consists of works to be offered in our 16 June 2022 Scottish Paintings & Sculpture sale, as well as paintings generously lent from private collections.

At the exhibition's heart is a special focus on works Cadell made on the Hebridean island of Iona. Beautiful examples of the interiors and still lifes for which Cadell is equally renowned will also be on show. They are complemented by sun-dappled paintings of Scottish buildings to which he had personal links.

Alice Strang curated the 2011 National Galleries of Scotland F. C. B. Cadell retrospective exhibition and wrote its accompanying publication. She joined Lyon & Turnbull in 2021 as a Senior Specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art.



Exhibition Information



A Colourist at Work

curated by James McNaught and Alice Strang


28 March to 8 April 2022

Weekdays 10am to 4pm, by appointment


182 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HG
0141 333 1992 |




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