"Of Claude, more than of any landscape painter that ever lived, it might be said, that he dipped his pencil in the rainbow and transferred its magic hues, in all their endless variety of combination, to his canvass. He gave to water the depth, its coolness, its lustre, and its transparency; he represented the due gradations of the vapour in his distances; he distinguished by characteristic touches the different hours of the day; and was the first, and perhaps the last, who may be said to have painted air. To this perfection in colouring he joined a more perfect knowledge of the linear perspective than was perhaps ever possessed by any other artist; the different plains of his landscapes come forward or recede with a truth of effect bordering on illusion; every object keeps its just place; every thing appears reality." [P. 9.]
Gallery of Pictures, selected from the most admired productions of the Old Masters, Doggett's Repository, No. 16 Market-Street.