Vernon bought this picture for 40 guineas in May 1839, following an exhibition at the British Institution. Creswick was a Sheffield-born artist who studied under the Birmingham landscape painter J.V. Barber. He came to London in 1828. His consistent truth to nature was particularly admired, as were the cool greens he used in his palette which he combined with silvery effects of aerial perspective. In this he might perhaps have been influenced by the landscapes of the Frenchman J.B. Corot (1796-1875). Creswick soon became known as a landscape artist who, in a favourite expression of the time, 'always takes us out of doors'.
Gallery label, September 2004
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