J. M. W. Turner - Morning Amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland 1798

Morning Amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland 1798
Morning Amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland
1798 123x90cm oil/canvas
Tate Britain

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From Tate Gallery, London:
The mountain is Coniston Old Man, Cumbria, which Turner saw in 1797. This was the first picture that he elevated by quoting poetry in the Royal Academy catalogue. He chose lines from Milton's ‘Paradise Lost’, describing the 'mists and exhalations' of the atmosphere at sunrise. These shifting airs and lights, and flock of sheep running before them, give the landscape a natural drama and intensity. A reviewer in 1798 remarked ‘This artist's works discover a strength of mind which is not [sic] often the concomitant of much longer experience: and their effect in oil or on paper is equally sublime.’