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This is one of two views of Hirschhorn included in this selection. The other is placed at the far end of this room, among a group of subjects that Ruskin believed to be views in the Tyrol (no.82). He noted that this watercolour was 'A perfectly studied and splendid composition. Consider, one by one, the uses of the various passages of its colours, especially the introduction of the dark green touches at the river bank on the right side, as they complete and enclose the gloom cast down by the cloud, and bring out the bright colouring of the banks.'

August 2004