Jacob More was born in Edinburgh and trained with the Norie family and at the Trustees' Academy. His early career was spent sketching locally en plein air and designing stage scenery. He produced impressive and innovative landscapes in oil, particularly those of his The Falls of the Clyde sequence. In 1773 he moved to Rome, where he became commercially successful and where he was based for the rest of his life. He painted the Italian countryside in both oil and watercolour, sometimes in the manner of Claude Lorrain.