I have a fancy for romantic landscapes and antiques. As my wallet does not have the right size I have to create the objects of desire myself. This one is a picturesque landscape after Claude-Henri Watelet, an amateur painter who lived in the 18th century. I picked that subject (in fact an etching after Watelet) without knowing who Watelet was, but of course I did see the picturesque in his work. The more I was delighted to find that Watelet was not only a painter and etcher, but also author of books on visual art and the art of gardening. His essay on gardens seems a kind of key text on the French picturesque.