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This is one of over thirty similar compositions by Wilson, traditionally said to show a view
on the river Arno in Italy. Wilson and his pupils habitually repeated favourite compositions such as this; Wilson apparently referred
to them as 'good breeders'.

 

This painting may, however, simply show
a summer evening rather than a specific place. Wilson's aim seems to have been
to combine two opposing landscape types: the Sublime rocks to the right, and the peaceful beauty of the river landscape
to the left. The sensitive treatment of light gives the picture an overwhelming sense
of tranquillity.

September 2004