Goodrich Castle on the Wye

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Thomas Hearne's watercolor "Goodrich Castle on the Wye" aims to recreate its subject in "topographical" detail (S. Fenwick, "Thomas Hearne"). This aspiration suggests that the scene, deemed "correctly Picturesque" by William Gilpin, held enough picturesque appeal in itself to render improvisation unnecessary (W. Gilpin, Observations 7).