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While still a teenager, Robin Monckton developed countryside skills and the adaptability he would need to survive as a farmer in later life. He began with 25 chickens on his grandfather’s small farm, next to his home in Crowborough, East Sussex. Selling eggs enabled him to buy two pigs and then three cattle. By buying and selling more and more stock, and with hard graft, thrift and a bank loan, he bought 65-acre Brook Farm, five miles, away in 1964, when he was just 25 years old.
oil on panel
50 x 60 cm
on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters