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Callcott was born, and lived all his life, in the area of West London known as Kensington Gravel Pits. Like fellow artists William Mulready and John Linnell, he made a practice of studying and painting outdoors in the area. Although he later claimed that he never painted in the open air, pictures 'Painted from Nature' were among his early exhibits. Most surviving examples of these are small Thames Valley subjects, of which this is presumably one. They seem to have been intended to combine the qualities of sketches and finished pictures.

September 2004