Why this cliff and where? Here, perhaps, Sykes’ picturesque urges surrender to a subject that is built on more abstract parts. The cliff is impressive but one of very man. The sky too. The “bed” at the base of the road seems like an invitation to build a road, but we do not know how it all moves – falls perhaps – to the right. The rock and sky as parts – almost halfs – in a simple composition energized by the slant of it and the curve in the “road.” The side of the cliff is almost a texture with its aggragate parts acting egalitarian. And the sky is painterly, in a modernist way. No billowing picturesque romance in that white on blue.

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