Leith Hill from Broadmoor, Surrey

Edmund George Warren British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690

Warren was one of the first to apply Pre-Raphaelite principles to watercolor landscapes. The year he made this work, a critic in the Athenaeum described him as an artist "who painted what he saw . . . [and] loved an English lane or wood-side . . . water bright, flashing and sheeny, and grass green, rain-beaten or wind-shaken." The compelling composition centers on a pond below Leith Hill, the highest point in southwest England. To help distinguish water from sky, the artist represented an orange-billed duck pursuing a dragonfly and rippling the reflective surface. Floating weeds behind give way to textured foliage growing over a rising slope, with Leith Hill Tower at the crest acting as a small punctuation point to direct the eye toward mottled clouds.

Leith Hill from Broadmoor, Surrey, Edmund George Warren (British, London 1834–1909 Edmonton), Watercolor with pen and ink and gum arabic

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