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The Scottish Pictures Auction features several exciting works, including an appearance by famed Scottish landscape painter John Knox (1778 - 1845). The artist travelled around the west coast of Scotland, and also painted more Claudian landscapes including views of Loch Katrine, and also painted some of the earliest views of Glasgow. Although some of the details are scarce, Knox was certainly an important influence in the development of art in Glasgow, both as a teacher and a painter. Lot 44 by Knox, ‘The Road Home, Loch Katrine’ is an atmospheric picture that captures the mystique and history of the famous Loch, perhaps best known as the birthplace of Rob Roy MacGregor. Also being the main supplier of water to Glasgow, it is to no surprise that the majority of Knox’s paintings are held here, in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which formed the basis of an exhibition of the artist’s work there in 1974. John Knox was also recently featured in the press as a masterpiece by the artist, ‘Glasgow Fair’, was finally tracked down after more than 100 years, to a private collection in the United States where it was wrongly attributed to an Irish artist. The painting is now owned by Glasgow Museums, where is it now on display at Kelvingrove. Several other ‘museum quality’ artists are present in The Scottish Pictures Auction, including works by Robert Gemmell Hutchison, James Kay, and John Houston. So if you have a taste for the traditional, and a love for the Scottish greats, be sure to come by on Sunday, August 9th at 2pm.

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction also hosts a multitude of exciting pictures that are sure to brighten up your summer, with the star of the show being John Byrne.

John Byrne has long been considered one of the most interesting and skilled painters living and working in Scotland today. An exciting exhibition, entitled ‘Sitting Ducks’, focusing on the artist’s unique style of portraiture was hosted by The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014. Since then, interest in Byrne’s work appears to have heightened and auction hammer prices have been buoyant.

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction at McTear’s has offered several fine examples of John Byrne’s work in recent months – most notably ‘Abstract Portrait’, selling for £5,000 hammer in March 2015. McTear’s is delighted to offer three more excellent pieces in this month’s auction; now is the time to snap up this artist ‘on the rise’.


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