Watercolour 108

Water filled quarry

Date made: 1884-1933

Artist: Knox, Archibald

Description: A stark and atmospheric watercolour landscape by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) depicting a flooded quarry with an almost clear blue sky above it. The quarry may be in England or be one of the many small quarries dotted around the Isle of Man. The back of the quarry is deep in shadow whilst one side and the front of the quarry are bathed in sunshine. Knox's watercolour sketches can be seen as exercises in capturing the light and a single moment in time. The artist is said to have painted his watercolour scenes in a few hours or less, but that he would also sit for hours waiting for the exact light and cloud formations that he wanted to paint.

Measurements: unframed artwork: 44 cm x 58 cm

Materials: watercolour on paper

Photograph and description courtesy of Manx National Heritage via the link at imuseum.im.