Jacob More

Falls of Clyde: Stonebyres

c.1771–3

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 803 x 1006 mm
frame: 925 x 112 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1963
Reference
T00601

Display caption

Jacob More was Scottish but spent much of his career in Italy, pursuing the classical ideal in landscape. Here he takes a subject closer to home, on the Clyde, south-east of Glasgow. However, his figures are dressed in vaguely historical costume, suggesting this is somewhere more ‘antique’ than modern Scotland.

Such a classical vision of the native landscape complemented the rationalism of the Scottish enlightenment; the pursuit of reason and liberty on ancient Roman or Greek models; combined with more romantic yearning for the legendary Highland past.

Gallery label, March 2007

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