This watercolour shows the historic market town of Appleby in Cumbria. Hearne was in the area studying antiquities and the landscape with his aristocratic patron, Sir George Beaumont. Here, however, the medieval castle is just a background detail. The real subject of the design is the tranquillity of country life.
Although his cautious and careful style looked back to the older traditions of topographical draughtsmanship, Hearne was an important influence on the younger generation of landscape artists. Turner studied and copied his watercolours in the 1790s.
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