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This painting was produced during the harsh winter of 1961 to 1962. During this time Newton lived with his wife Eleanor at Guildford, while his studies were interrupted by two years of National Service spent with the Royal Engineers at Aldershot.
A visitor to the exhibition, Mrs Peggy Osborn, wrote to the artist: 'Last Tuesday I went to London from Birmingham to see the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition at Burlington House. There were many lovely pictures there – and some shockers – but the one I would have given anything for (except the price, which was quite beyond me) was "Winter at Guildford". I stood close to it, and I stood far away, I touched the snow on the railings, just to feel how cold it was – every time I walked into another room, I just had to go back and drink the delights of it again…I just wanted you to know the pleasure your picture afforded me – I shall see it in my mind’s eye for many months to come.'
The painting caused a sensation at the Royal Academy and was purchased by Sir Gerald Kelly. Sir Henry Rushbury, Head of the Royal Academy Schools, was delighted and told Kelly that in his opinion Newton was 'one of the most gifted students that had been in the Academy School for years'.
oil on canvas
H 72.2 x W 122 cm
acquired through The Richard Harris Gift, 2002