George Lambert
A View of Box Hill, Surrey 1733

Artwork details

George Lambert 1700–1765
A View of Box Hill, Surrey
Date 1733
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 908 x 1804 mm
frame: 1035 x 1978 x 86 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1951
On loan to Pinacoteca do Estado (São Paulo, Brazil)

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Lambert was one of the pioneers of landscape painting in early eighteenth-century Britain.

This painting presents the landscape without the sorts of buildings –palaces or an aristocratic estate – which traditionally featured in such views. Is this evidence of a new appreciation of nature for its own sake? Certainly, landscape became the focus for discussions about the relationship between painting and poetry, and aesthetic ideas such as beauty and the sublime.

March 2011