About this artwork

Knox captured the sweeping grandeur and majestic beauty of the Trossachs and Loch Katrine, as described by Sir Walter Scott in his poem 'The Lady of the Lake'. Its publication in 1810 boosted the number of visitors to the area. In the left foreground of Knox's painting visitors, welcomed by a piper, wait to board a ferry to Ellen's Isle, named after Scott's heroine. Ellen and her exiled father Douglas found Loch Katrine to be a haven of peace and tranquility, the very qualities which mass tourism threatened to undermine.

John Knox

John Knox

John Knox was one of Scotland's most significant and original landscape painters. His family moved to Glasgow in 1799 and he may have trained with Alexander Nasmyth. As well as fairly conventional views of the Clyde valley and other picturesque sites, composed in the classical tradition, he produced some highly unusual and dramatic panoramas, taken from unusual viewpoints, such as the top of a mountain. Knox was also an influential teacher; Horatio McCulloch and Daniel McNee are both associated with the older artist.

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