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These paired views of Copped Hall show the ground-breaking steps Lambert was making in landscape painting by the 1740s. Here, almost for the first time, a country house is shown as an integral aspect of the English landscape. The careful recording of particular landscape features gives way to an overriding fascination with the nuances of light and atmosphere.

Such views were often conceived as pendants, or pairs, displaying different aspects of a property, but Lambert was innovative in introducing contrasting weather conditions. Here, the breezy freshness of the lake view complements the summer calm of the parkland.

September 2004