This painting was inspired by the work of the Dutch artist Aelbert Cuyp (1620-91). Among the seventeeth-century Dutch masters whose work was collected in Britain during the early 1800s, Cuyp was regarded with particular affection. Many British painters strove to emulate his warm, golden tonality and soft effects of aerial perspective. The taste for Cuyp was further advanced with the opening of Dulwich Gallery in 1814, which had several fine examples of his work. Turner and Callcott were the two most successful reinterpreters of the artist.
Gallery label, September 2004