Watercolour 44

A Moon Rainbow

Date made: 1884-1933

Artist: Knox, Archibald

Description: An unusual and extremely atmospheric watercolour landscape by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) depicting a silver grey rainbow over a small mill tucked into a hollow in an almost golden hillside. Farm buildings and mills were a popular (and challenging) topic for Knox as he tried to capture what was essentially a 'white box' and attempted to give them volume and make them 3 dimensional on the paper. Although most of his watercolour sketches which are untitled and unidentified views of the Manx landscape, Knox's niece identified this as being a study of a rainbow produced by the rays of the moon. Knox's watercolour sketches can be seen as exercises in capturing the light and a single moment in time as this painting does most eloquently.

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.