In 1798 the Royal Academy for the first time allowed quotations to appear in the catalogue of the summer exhibition. The quotation Turner chose to illustrate Buttermere Lake, one of the paintings he exhibited that year, was less than startling. The painting shows a boat drifting, as the rowers contemplate a sombre landscape that has been blessed by a pale rainbow. Turner chose the lines from Thomson’s Spring which were the most famous of all eighteenth-century attempts to explain the contribution made by Newton’s Opticks to the aesthetic appreciation of natural appearances:
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