The Sailing of the Emigrant Ship

William McTaggartDated 1895

National Galleries Scotland: National

National Galleries Scotland: National
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Born to Gaelic speaking parents on the west coast of Scotland, the artist felt a deep personal concern for the draining away of the Celtic population from their own land. He painted three variations on the theme of emigration, of which this is the last. An emigrant ship is seen moving off under a stormy sky, with a hint of a rainbow in it. On the shore, older members of the clan have been left behind, desolate.


  • Title: The Sailing of the Emigrant Ship
  • Creator: William McTaggart
  • Date Created: Dated 1895
  • Physical Location: Scottish National Galllery
  • Location Created: Scotland
  • Physical Dimensions: h 77.00, w 87.50 cm
  • Credit Line: Presented by Sir James Lewis Caw and Lady Caw 1931
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/copyright-image-licensing
  • External Link: See this work at nationalgalleries.org
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Landscape
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Canvas
  • Depicted Topic: Boat

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