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A native of Switzerland, Grimm frequently portrayed its glaciers, even after he settled in England in 1768. Here he depicts a glacier near the source of the river Simme, seen at the left, in the Bernese Alps. Gilbert White commissioned Grimm to illustrate his 'Natural History of Selbourne' and described his typical working method: he 'first of all sketches his scapes with a lead-pencil; then he pens them all over ... with indian ink ... then he gives a charming shading with a brush dipped in indian ink; and at last he throws a light tinge of water-colours over the whole'.

September 2004