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Light on the Downs

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: University of Warwick

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This work was formerly in the collection of Coventry College of Education; it was presented to the College through the Beaumanoir Bequest. Although technically a landscape, the title of the painting refines the subject of this painting to the light that falls across the Downs. The Downs are chalk uplands in Southern England, primarily in Sussex, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. They are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The soil is poor and generally left to grass, sometimes grazed by sheep. Here the artist has focused, not on the gentle undulations of the hills, but on the feathery grasses that grow there. The light source which is the subject of the painting appears in the sky on the left with a grass stem silhouetted against it.

University of Warwick





oil on board


H 71.5 x W 82 cm

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presented to Coventry College of Education by the Beaumanoir Bequest, 1990

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Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL England

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