Lambert, a landscape and scenery painter, was a friend of Hogarth and Samuel Scott, and a respected member of London's artistic community. He was the first native-born painter to devote himself entirely to landscape, both classical and topographical. This seems to be an exercise in pure landscape painting for its own sake, concentrating on the weather effects across a bleak Northern moorland. Although it attempts to capture the atmosphere of the open surroundings it is unlikely to have been painted on the spot. Lambert's method was to make pencil drawings of a location which he worked up in oils later on in his studio.