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West Highland Way
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West Highland Way 1982

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The title of this large canvas refers to the long-distance footpath, which opened in 1980 and runs from Milngavie to the north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Highlands. It was painted shortly after Knox moved back to the west of Scotland in 1981 on his appointment as Head of Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art. Knox uses contrasting colours to create a vibrant image of the autumnal Scottish landscape, with rolling orange hills and bright blue sky. There is a hint of humour in his depiction of a quail in the foreground, drinking from a stream directly in front of a spiky evergreen bush. The quail’s feathers, normally the perfect tone for hiding on the hillside during the hunting season, no longer offer camouflage - it is now a prime target.


  • Acc. No. GMA 3009
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 152.50 x 182.50 cm (framed: 154.00 x 184.30 x 3.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1987