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On the outskirts of Bristol, the Avon River enters a picturesque gorge on its way to the sea. Sunlight knifes across the gorge and divides the utterly placid blue waters of the Avon from the hotly lit heights of St. Vincent's Rock, from which a chunk of limestone is being blasted off in preparation for the construction of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Contrary to the earliest English tradition of tinting detailed drawings with watercolor, Cotman thought of it as a painter's medium and, using a simple palette of bold translucent blues and yellows, he excelled in what he called "the art of leaving out."
East Cowes Castle, The Seat Of J. Nash, Esq., The Regatta Beating To Windward
Joseph M. Turner (British, 1775-1851)