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Ackling draws scorched lines by concentrating the sun’s rays through a hand-held magnifying glass. To obtain the ‘sun lines’ for this work, he stopped at given intervals during a walk up Chillerton Down on the Isle of Wight. These five stages are ‘sunsets’ because each time the sun sank below his immediate horizon line, he had to climb higher to catch sight of it again.
Ackling called this particular work a ‘Country Sketch’ because it was made in the landscape and he wished to invest it with a degree of immediacy and informality.