AMY CONCANNON: ‘Crossing the Brook’ reveals the continued importance of the Old Master landscape painter Claude throughout Turner’s life, and it was Claude’s influence that gave rise to the formula that we see here. So you have a foreground, which is animated by figures, in this case these are supposed to be or they’re thought to be Turner’s daughters, Evelina and Georgiana. And then behind them you have these sort of side wings of trees and rocks. You have that bridge in the middle distance that attracts the eye further into the distance so you can see the landscape stretching out before you right down into the horizon, and it’s all very carefully composed and contrived. NARRATOR: And just as Claude sometimes did, Turner gave his painting an allegorical meaning which is revealed by the title ‘Crossing the Brook’. AMY CONCANNON: This was understood in Turner’s time to be an allegorical way of approaching the transition from teenage years or childhood through to adulthood, and it’s perhaps particularly poignant that he’s depicted potentially his own daughters in this process.