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This picture was probably painted from the artist’s family home in Hanover Terrace in London and shows the view east across Regent’s Park. The minute detail of this urban landscape, presented squarely and with little spatial depth, was considered absurd by critics when it was exhibited in 1852.Charles Collins’s meticulous painting style closely associated him with the Pre-Raphaelites. John Everett Millais proposed him for membership of the Brotherhood in 1850 but he was not accepted. By the end of the 1850s he had abandoned painting to concentrate on writing novels and essays.

July 2007