The landscape “Tan-Y-Griseau” shows James Dickson Innes’s bold and unusual style of painting. The piece, particularly the figure standing on the rocks, gives a distinct feeling of anticipation, similar to the song “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee” by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F. Muir and the exciting departure of the Titanic. The mystery of what’s to come and the natural world are exemplified by the passage of The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

“But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called — called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.”

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

James Dickson Innes (1887-1914), Tan-Y-Griseau (1912)