William Daniell's journeys around Skye, Raasay and the Moray Coast in 1815

Introduction to
the Journeys
William Daniell
Books about
the Journeys
Book about
Skye and Raasay
Book about
The Moray Coast
About the Author

Part of the Isle of Rum

Portree on the Isle of Skye

Loch Cruisk near Loch Scavig

Castle Broichin on the Isle of Raasay

William Daniell RA

William Daniell, (1769-1837), was the elder son of the landlord of the Swan Inn in Chertsey. In 1779, on the death of his father, William Daniell by Henry Edridge ARAhe was taken to London to be brought up by his uncle Thomas Daniell, an artist and member of the newly founded Royal Academy of Arts. He and his uncle spent the period 1785 to 1794 travelling around India, from which, on their return to England, they produced a series of aquatint prints which were published under the title Oriental Scenery. William Daniell was a gifted artist in oils and watercolours. He excelled in transferring his pictures to prints using the aquatint technique. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1807, and a Royal Academician in 1822. The artistic work for which he is best known is, A Voyage Round Great Britain, which was published over the period 1814 to 1825, and includes 308 aquatint prints of coastal views.

Seventeen of these prints are of the Hebridean Islands of Eigg, Rum, Skye and Raasay, which he visited in July and August 1815. These are reproduced in William Daniell's Isle of Skye and Raasay.

Daniell covered the coast from Thurso to Banff during the period August to September 1815. He published 35 aquatints, of which 30 are reproduced in William Daniell's Inverness and the Moray Firth.