Inchbold, who was born in Leeds, came under the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites in the early 1850s. He established himself as one of the leading landscapists of the movement but by the end of the decade had adopted a broader, more atmospheric approach. Inchbold exhibited a watercolour of the Dewar Stone in 1850, with the subtitle 'the favourite haunt of the poet Carrington', a reference to the Devonshire poet Noel Thomas Carrington. In 1855, making a grander poetical allusion, he exhibited an oil painting titled ''The Moorland' - Tennyson'. It is not known whether this was the present picture.
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