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A View in Glen Coe, Argyllshire

Alexander Nasmyth has been dubbed the “father of Scottish landscape painting.” During the eighteenth century, landscape painting developed into an important genre in the British Isles, fueled by the growing tourist industry and a fascination with views deemed “sublime” or “picturesque.” In Scotland, the production of landscape views that were identifiably Scottish also reflected efforts to forge a distinct national identity. Nasmyth’s A View in Glen Coe, Argyllshire portrays a scenically dramatic area in the Scottish Highlands. As the site of a notorious massacre of a Scottish clan in 1692, Glencoe also holds an important place in Scottish history.

Alexander Nasmyth
Scottish, 1758–1840
A View in Glen Coe, Argyllshire
1814
Oil on canvas
35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Anonymous gift, 91.190