Cloud Study with low Coastline
Date made: 1884-1933
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: A minimalist but still atmospheric watercolour by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) depicting a coastal scene where the heavy grey skies almost merge into the grey sea, but the thin horizon of land is highlighted by what appear to be a line of telegraph poles. Most of Knox's watercolour sketches are untitled and unidentified views of the Manx and English landscape and coastal scenes, so this could be a view of the coastal plains at the Point of Ayre on the northern part of the Isle of Man or a coastal location in south eastern England. 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: artwork: 41 cm x 55 cm
Materials: watercolour on paper
Photograph and description courtesy of Manx National Heritage via the link at imuseum.im.