John Knox

Scottish (1778 - 1845)
John Knox Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrine


Born 1778
Died 1845
Nationality Scottish

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.

Glossary terms

  • The art and architectural style that dominated Western Europe during the medieval period. Its buildings are characterised by pointed arches, strong vertical lines and elaborate window structures. The style was widely revived in the 19th century.