William Mitchell


Detail of oil painting inside Italian outer case lid.

Inspired by the paintings of Claude Lorrain and Pierre Patel in the National Gallery, London.
Lorrain (1604-1682) was the earliest exponent of positioning the sun close to the centre of the canvas, thus providing a pictorial unity with all colours and tones in harmonic adjustment.
The impressionist William Turner (1775-1851) was much influenced by this innovation.
We regarded Lorrain's buildings to be too 'fresh' or 'new looking' for our purposes and so the ruins are inspired by the work of Pierre Patel (1605-1676) and his 'Rest on the Flight into Egypt'.

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