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This drawing, together with 'Moonlight Through Trees' (also displayed on this wall), has the additional interest of being a 'transparency'. Such pictures, for which there developed a vogue during the mid-1790s, were intended to offer two effects; one when seen ordinarily and a second, more dramatic, when a light source is placed behind the sheet. The latter method of viewing usually invests the image with the romantic glow of moonlight and/or firelight. The adjacent photograph shows the drawing as it appears when lit from behind.

September 2004