Scottish landscape painter Horatio McCulloch is most famous for his dramatic depictions of Highland scenery. Born in Glasgow, he studied art along side the artist of this early portrait, Daniel Macnee, under the influential landscapist, John Knox. McCulloch and Macnee then left Glasgow and briefly worked as snuff-box decorators before moving to Edinburgh. Having adopted a similarly classical style to Knox and Alexander Nasmyth, McCulloch exhibited with the Royal Scottish Academy from 1829 and was elected an associate in 1834. Under the influence of the landscapist John Thomson of Duddingston McCulloch’s later, and most popular, paintings became more spontaneous and fluid. Works such as ‘Glencoe’ (1864) helped shape the Victorian perception of the Highlands as a wild, romantic place.