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Varley painted many small, imaginary landscape sketches from the late 1830s onwards, and it is most likely that this drawing dates from this period. He advocated simplifying compositions, and the 'blot' method devised by Cozens was a particularly useful way of achieving this. He was very adept at the use of flat washes and this has been taken to extremes in this landscape 'blot'. A very wet ink was quickly put down in the central trees with a fully loaded brush. A drier brush was used for the surface of the lake.

August 2004