About this artwork

This is an unusual view of Edinburgh, looking towards the city centre from where the bridge at Canonmills crosses the Water of Leith just north of the New Town. In the foreground two women have just finished laying out their linen to bleach in the sun and some sheep graze and doze lazily in the meadow. In the background, the outline of Calton Hill is silhouetted against Arthur's seat. Nelson's Tower can be seen, but as yet no National Monument, which was still being constructed.

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.