Callcott has been called the modern Claude, so also has Turner; but Callcott’s works, both in composition and colour, bear a closer resemblance to Claude’s than do those of Turner. His distances are deficient in the space we find in the landscapes of the old master, but the aerial perspective is exquisitely rendered, and the general effect of the distance more pleasing. He was a close imitator of nature, observing her with the eye of a true poet, while he interpreted her with the most exact fidelity. — Art-Journal, p. 11

In his own time, Callcott's name was almost invariably associated with that of Turner, first as a follower, later as a rival. — Alfrey 245



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