In his Liber Studiorum, Turner classified
his different treatments of .
This subject was categorised ‘EP’, which probably meant ‘Elevated Pastoral’. The piper piping his tune suggests Turner wanted to capture the ideal Arcadian landscape of ancient Greece.
Blake did the same, but evoking the countryside of ancient Italy, in the illustrations to Thornton's Virgil shown
on the wall to the right. Through the words of Jerusalem Blake creates a comparable visionary ‘Elevated’ landscape for Albion and it inhabitants.
Gallery label, July 2008
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