FCB CADELL

The Herald - Arts - - GALLERIES - SARAH UR­WIN JONES

Scot­tish Gallery 16 Dun­das Street, Ed­in­burgh 0131 558 1200 www.scot­tish-gallery.co.uk Un­til 2nd Novem­ber

Fran­cis Camp­bell de Boileau Cadell – Bunty to his friends – was the pipe-smok­ing bon viveur whose bril­liantly hued oils and wa­ter­colours made him a lead­ing light in the Scot­tish Colourist tra­di­tion. His life­work gets an ex­ten­sive over­haul over at the Scot­tish National Gallery of Modern Art this month, an ex­hi­bi­tion that in­cludes a fas­ci­nat­ing ar­ray of archival ma­te­rial from let­ters home whilst in hos­pi­tal af­ter the First World War to a con­certina scrap book of child­hood draw­ings col­lected by his mother. But by way of com­ple­ment, and just around the cor­ner from the New Town ad­dress where he spent much of his in­creas­ingly im­pe­cu­nious adult life, the Scot­tish Gallery mounts this diminu­tive trib­ute of works on pa­per, from ink and wa­ter­colours of Iona, where Cadell spent many sum­mers, to the only known sur­viv­ing ex­am­ples of his work for Cale­do­nian MacBrayne. Some of the work is on loan and some is owned by the Scot­tish Gallery, but there are a num­ber of works from pri­vate col­lec­tions for sale.

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