Copied from Berchem. [P. 79.] Small addition to its excellencies, and no weak excuse for its defects, to say, that it is a study from nature by a young pupil. the colouring of the back ground, land, water and sky, is particularly pleasing and chaste; the foreground is too heavy and monotonous; of a bad colour and very deficient in animation. A heavy heap of dirty earth, which rises without reason or use, is a sad introduction to a light and elegant scene beyond: the old masters knew this, and avoided it; look on any of their productions and the fact will appear strongly. Had the rising foreground been of a better green, or of a green at all - had it, even with its present gamboge of colour, been enlivened by any thing animate or inanimate, it might be a help, not a clog, to the very delicately tinted scene in the distance: as it is, the landscape appears to as much disadvantage, as a beautiful female should, if she were seen leaning over a 'dry stane dyke,'
Second Exhibition of Pictures in Dalhousie College. Under the Patronage of Lady Sarah Maitland. Halifax, N.S. Printed by J.S. Cunnabell--Argyle-Street. 1831.