- Jacob More c.1740–1793
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 803 x 1006 mm
frame: 925 x 112 x 100 mm
- Purchased 1963
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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