This delicately-coloured, detailed watercolour shows a picturesque view in Scotland. The Sound of Kerrera is a narrow stretch of water of 200 or so metres, between the Scottish mainland and the island of Kerrera, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, close to the town of Oban.
Views of the Sound of Kerrera were also sketched in pencil by J. M. W. Turner and are preserved in two of Turner’s sketchbooks now in the Tate collection, London.
Drawing master, miniature painter and landscape watercolourist Edwin Aaron Penley was the nephew of the artist Aaron Edwin Penley (1807-1870), whose manner he closely imitated. In 1861 he was unsuccessful candidate for the New Water-colour Society. He was commissioned by Queen Victoria to paint six views of the interior of the royal yacht ‘Victoria and Albert II’ in 1864, as a memento of her voyages aboard the yacht with Prince Albert. Penley is thought to have come from the Marylebone area of London. He practiced from 1853 to 1890 and lived in London, Cheltenham and Bognor. He showed eleven works at the Royal Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street between 1853 and 1872 and also exhibited his work at other exhibition venues.
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