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Church's study of Turner
was probably of key importance in leading him to his
consummate mastery of light and atmosphere in diffused and vaporous states.
Dr. F. Kelly.


'It leads the eye into the distance, less by lineal or aerial perspective than by receding gradations of colour.'

In Rocky Forest Pool 1857 Church shows how much he has learnt, Technically and Aesthetically from Turner & Ruskin -
'the law of evanescence or the way gradations of light and atmosphere soften the appearance of distant objects'

Church has learnt Philosophically and Spiritually from his mentors, Thomas Cole and Alexander Von Humboldt whose Cosmos confirmed many of Church's devout Christian beliefs in the existence of 'a divinely ordered structure of the world.'


Footnote Asterisk * The Heart of the Andes 1859