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River and Rural Scene

A work made of mezzotint on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint on paper.




Richard Earlom (British, 1743-1822)
after Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638-1709)

About this artwork

The English printmaker Richard Earlom produced multiple mezzotints of Old Master works, including this scene by the 17th-century Dutch painter Meindert Hobbema. Characteristic of Hobbema’s style is the shaded foreground, with occasional flickers of light that lengthen the shadows of figures and cows and contrast with an area of warm light in the background. Hobbema’s works show a desire to present landscape as an idyllic environment, ordered and regulated by man, an idea that spoke to Earlom, as is clear in many of his own orderly landscapes and market scenes.


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Prints and Drawings


Richard Earlom


River and Rural Scene


England (Artist's nationality)


Made 1769


Mezzotint on paper


Image: 41.5 × 53 cm (16 3/8 × 20 7/8 in.); Plate: 45.5 × 53.2 cm (17 15/16 × 21 in.); Sheet: 46.8 × 54.2 cm (18 7/16 × 21 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Langdon Pearce

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