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Boyce was originally an architect but took up painting after meeting David Cox in 1849. Subsequently he became a friend of Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites and, from 1860, of Whistler. He painted mainly in watercolour, this work being one of his rare landscapes in oil. The exact location has not been established but Boyce is known to have visited Haywards Heath and Petworth in 1857, the year he painted the picture. The following year he exhibited two Surrey subjects but their titles do not seem appropriate to this work.

September 2004