In the early nineteenth century many artists like Stanfield and Callcott turned to the lakes of northern Italy for the subject-matter of topographical pictures that were often engraved in volumes of 'Picturesque Tours' for consumption by a largely middle-class market. Their new, bourgeois realism is wedded to the older, idealising vision of Italy to produce works that are both serene and immediate - a tourist's view of landscape seen through layers of pictorial and cultural tradition.
Gallery label, August 2004
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