This painting is similar in composition and subject matter to ‘Heart of Exmoor’, acquired by the Royal Manchester Institution in 1940 and gifted to the Salford Museum & Art Gallery where it remains. In the present work, also dated 1940 (verso), the distant moorland rises into the artist’s field of view. Other Park studies of river landscapes from this period (1937 – early 1940s) are now museum pieces and are dotted around UK public collections including ‘This England’ and ‘Snowfalls in Essex’ (purchased for the city from The Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition in 1939) in the Manchester Art Gallery, ‘Monnow River' in the Newport Museum & Art Gallery, ‘Spring on the Stour’ in the Southampton City Art Gallery, ‘May Pageantry’ in Gallery Oldham and ‘Snowfalls on Exmoor’ (purchased for the nation by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest in 1940) in the Tate. Without exception these artworks and the present work were painted on 25 x 30-inch canvases which makes them considerably larger than most of Park’s earlier St Ives paintings. Like the earlier paintings, they are brimming with colour but Park’s mastery of the effect of light upon water and expression of such with a full palette of colour, reaches new heights in these finessed, mature works.