Robson moved from the North to London in 1804 to benefit from the tuition of John Varley. He began to tour immediately, usually to areas of dramatic scenery, with a particular penchant for Scotland. He revelled in mountain views and wide vistas, often including the effects of violent storms with rays of sunshine peering through the gloom. However he was effective in recording tracts of woodland receding into the distance and bathed in mellow sunlight. This was his most enduring inheritance from the John Varley tuition. Like Turner of Oxford, another Varley pupil, he was able to tackle dauntingly large landscapes without any loss of cohesion.
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