As the sun climbs enthusiastically over an early November morning on Box Hill, we are treated to the glorious spectacle of the amber and ruby jewels of autumn laid out across the verdant Surrey Hills.
To the right of the painting lies the picturesque market town of Dorking, centred around the spire of St Martin’s church. A line of trees conceals the railway line that runs left to right, between Dorking and Reigate, punctuating the foreground of the landscape. On top of Box Hill itself we see the unmistakeable viewpoint ‘Salomons Memorial’ built of stone, gently lit by the placid November sun.
Brett has gone to great lengths to ensure that the full impact of this magnificent, world famous viewpoint is suspended in a living moment on the canvas of this oil painting. Brett’s composition is faithful to what the eye feels ‘en plein air’. In order to achieve this effect he spent many hours with canvas and easel on Box Hill. The entire painting took over a year to complete.
Box Hill featured prominently in the 2012 Olympics as part of the route for the cycling road race events.
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