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View from Hampstead Heath, Looking Towards Harrow

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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In this landscape, viewed from a high vantage point, the topography appears to be of less significance than the sky, which dominates the composition in both its drama and mass. In the foreground, the land dips and rises again into a wooded hill; to the right is a pond; here the landscape is depicted in green and earthy tones with snatches of yellow as sunlight hits the land and trees. Beyond, the landscape continues to undulate in hazy blue hues with a colder, whiter light. On the horizon, the sky is a cool pink colour; higher up the composition, the sky is depicted in blues, greys, browns and white; to the left is a dramatic cloud, almost black in colour, to the right of which is a burst of white light breaking through the afternoon clouds.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester


Date

1821

Medium

oil on canvas & paper

Measurements

H 25 x W 29.8 cm

Accession number

1917.176

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Mr James Thomas Blair, 1917

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Inscribed on a slip of paper pasted to the stretcher: August 1821 / 5 o clock afternoon: very fine / bright & wind after rain slightly / in the morning.


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