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Landscape by G Rysdael | a fine colourd grey picture, full of truth | and finely treated as to light which falls | on the middle ground all beyond is of a deep ton’d greyish green. The sky rather | heavy but well managed, but possesses [Finberg: usurps] too much | of the Picture and the light. The objects near to | the light are poor and ill judged particularly about the Windmill inclin’d to be chalky. | The foreground dark violently so near the bright light that gives a crudeness inconsis | tent with the purity of the distance the | base of the picture particularly happy as | a grey tone that easies the Eye and gently glides into the shadows (somewhat the | color of the paper) The figures are by Bergem | but they do not accord with the general | tone of the picture Fortunately they are placed | in the defective part of the piece and therefore [continued on folio 23 (D04299)] create some kind of interest.
Slive notes but is inclined to dismiss the tradition that the figures in the picture were added by Nicolaes Berchem.2 Filhol, on the other hand, ascribed them to Philips Wouverman. For Turner’s other copies and commentaries after Ruisdael in this sketchbook, see the double-page spread on folios 14 verso–15 (D04289–D04290), and folio 23 (Tate D04299).