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#259. Loch Coruisk.

  42.5 x 60, oil on canvas. "Gilbert Munger 79" lower left.

Loch Coruisk Offered for sale at Tajan (Paris) auction TABLEAUX ANCIENS ET DU XIXe SI√ąCLE of 26 June 2008 as lot 118 with the title Twilight View of a Lake; estimate €8,000 - 12,000; bought-in. Subsequently offered by the seller for €7,000. Bought-in again at Artcurial, Paris, sale of 4 October 2013 as lot 510, est. €6,000 - 8,000. Sold at Artcurial (S.V.V.) auction in Paris on 7 February 2014 as lot 292 for €2,800 plus €737 in premiums. The catalog says the work is unfinished and unframed, but the former is probably a misinterpretation of condition problems.

In a 19 May 1879 article two Munger paintings of Scottish lochs are specifically mentioned as submissions to the 1879 Royal Academy Exhibition: Loch Corusik on the Isles of Skye and Loch Maree in the northwest highlands. Munger started painting in Scotland in the falls of 1877. I contacted Stuart Mackinnon at http://www.mistyisleboattrips.co.uk who runs boat tours to Loch Coruisk. He confirmed that the painting depicts Loch Coruisk and sent along the photo above to prove it. Image from online auction catalog.


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© Michael D. Schroeder 21 Jun 2008.