Mediterranean Hill Town

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William McCance
Born Cambuslang, 1984-1970

Mediterranean Hill Town, 1923

Oil on canvas
Purchased 1974 from the Artist’s widow, Dr Margaret McCance, with 50% NFA grant
Museum number 7-1974

McCance studied at Glasgow School of Art. During the war he was imprisoned as a conscientious objector, but following his discharge in 1920 he moved to London.

McCance’s paintings of the 1920s, including this one, occupy a unique place in Scottish art. In London, McCance became part of a group which included artists such as Eric Kennington and the Vorticists, William Roberts and Wyndham Lewis, who shared his interest in pre-war Cubism.

By 1922 McCance had developed a highly stylized approach to painting, with a dynamic sense of three-dimensional form. McCance painted this brooding work after visiting the small town of Bogliasco in Italy, its viaduct visible in the distance.

Mediterranean Hill Town
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