Date made: 1884-1933
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: A minimalist but still atmospheric watercolour by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) depicting high thin clouds over a series of hills. The painting appears to be an attempt to capture the broad panoramic views of the Island's landscape with the gently rolling hills and the broad expanse of sky above them. Unlike most of his watercolour sketches which are untitled and unidentified views of the Manx landscape, Knox identified this as 'Onchan'. Skyscapes, where the light and movement of cloud formations are the main focus of the painting were popular themes for Knox with the landscape or horizon only providing a narrow band at the base of the artwork. Knox's watercolour sketches can be seen as exercises in capturing the light and a single moment in time.
Measurements: unframed artwork: 42.5 cm x 56.5 cm
Materials: watercolour on paper
Photograph and description courtesy of Manx National Heritage via the link at imuseum.im.