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Archibald Knox


1864-1933
Illustrator and Designer


Archibald Knox was born in 1864 at Tromode, attended the grammar school before going to Douglas School of Art. Under the influence of the headmaster he became deeply interested by the ancient Celtic and Norse crosses which appear all over the Island, and display the complex patterns which he later used to great effect in his designs for Liberty and Co.

His association with them began during the perod 1897 to 1912 when he left the Island to teach in London. He is now recognised as the leading exponent of what has become known as English Art Nouveau or the Liberty Style. Pieces which are known to have been designed by him command a significant premium - none more so than his clocks - but it is essential that the opinion of an expert is sought as over restored, altered and fake pieces exist.

The Manx Museum boasts a large collection of his work including illustrations of Manx Fairy Tales and St Patrick's Hymn along with water colours of the Manx countryside.

Knox spent the last years of his life teaching art in his homeland, dying in 1933 he was buried in Braddan churchyard.



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Publications
The Designs of Archibald Knox for Liberty&Co.
Adrian J. Tilbrook
Richard Dennis, Paperback, May, 1995
ISBN: 090368537X
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Archibald Knox
Stephen A. Martin
Artmedia Press, Hardcover, May, 2001
ISBN: 1902889029
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Manx Fairy Tales
Sophia Morrison
The Manx Experience, Paperback, 15 March, 1991
ISBN: 187312001X
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Art Nouveau: From Mackintosh to Liberty - The Birth of a Style
Victor Arwas
Papadakis Publisher, Paperback, 30 August, 2002
ISBN: 1901092194
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Manx Fairy Tales
Sophia Morrison
Manx Museum, Hardcover, December, 1971
ISBN: 0901106070
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Archibald Knox (Art&Design Monographs)
Stephen A. Martin
Wiley-Academy, Paperback, 30 June, 1995
ISBN: 1854903470
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