Entrance to Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

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James Baker Pyne was an English landscape painter who was considered a successful follower of Turner. Born in Bristol, he was self-taught and took part in the sketching activities of the Bristol School of artists in the 1820s, exhibiting for the first time in Bristol in 1824. He painted atmospheric landscapes and imaginary scenes. Here, he has exaggerated the already dramatic surroundings of Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, turning the scene into one reminiscent of Central Europe and the Alps.