More's painting celebrates the dramatic beauty and power of nature. Cora Linn is generally considered to be the finest of the Clyde's three great waterfalls just outside Lanark. The deep shadow of the foreground, the splintered tree and overhanging rocks frame the dazzling cascades. The small figure group gazing in wonder at the magnificent scene provides a sense of scale and complements the viewer's response to the painting. Sir Joshua Reynolds bought Cora Linn when More exhibited the series of Clyde Falls in London in 1771. The others in the series are Bonington Linn (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) and Stonehouse Linn (private collection).