One of the artist’s most important works, this captivating moonlit Scottish landscape is testament to the skills of the painter James Alick Riddel. Born in Glasgow in 1857, he studied art locally at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art before embarking on a career as an oil painter and watercolorist. A much-traveled man, Riddel spent time working in Belgium, Canada and Holland, painting landscapes and interior scenes. Much of this early work was executed in watercolors, usually painted on a large-scale utilizing coarsely ribbed paper which gave them a soft Impressionist quality. From the 1890’s he concentrated more on oil painting and it is these which are regarded as his finest work. Amongst the many prestigious venues where his paintings were exhibited were the Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and Royal Academy in London. His exhibits were always well received by the general public and praised for their beauty by the critics of the day. Later in his life, James Riddel became the Head of the Art Department at the famous Heriot Watts College in Edinburgh. He was to die in Balerno, a suburb of Edinburgh, on March 14, 1928. Entitled simply ‘Moonlight’, this work was first exhibited in 1908 at the annual Spring Exhibition held at the Oldham City Art Gallery. After his death it was included in two other exhibitions, a posthumous showing at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1928 and later that year at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. It was common practice to show the works of recently deceased artists at these exhibitions to honour their lives and contributions to the academies.