Provenance: Private collection
Like his contemporaries, Cadell, Hunter and Peploe, Maclauchlan Milne was particularly drawn to the Hebridean islands of Iona and Mull. The white sands, the blues and greens of the water and the luminous light appealed to the Scottish Colourists in the same way that the brilliant warm light and azure seas of the South of France had attracted them. Milne may have painted there alongside Peploe and Cadell in the early 1930s and would certainly have been familiar with their Iona paintings.
As well as exploring the shores of Iona and Mull, Milne painted along the coast of the narrow sea channel Sounds of Sleat which separates Skye from the mainland. From the silver sands at Morar, Milne set up his easel looking across to the Isles of Eigg and from the village of Glenelg he painted the shore with Skye in the background. Milne's large-scale Sands of Morar was his diploma painting for the Royal Scottish Academy in 1937 and is still in the academy's collection today.