George LambertA View of Box Hill, Surrey 1733

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Artist
George Lambert (1700‑1765)
Title
A View of Box Hill, Surrey
Date 1733
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 908 x 1804 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1951
Reference
N05981
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

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Lambert was one of the pioneers of landscape painting in early eighteenth-century Britain.

This painting presents the landscape without the sorts of buildings –palaces or an aristocratic estate – which traditionally featured in such views. Is this evidence of a new appreciation of nature for its own sake? Certainly, landscape became the focus for discussions about the relationship between painting and poetry, and aesthetic ideas such as beauty and the sublime.

March 2011

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