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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. He originally went to paint swans on the river, but by the time he set up his equipment the swans had left. Instead, he painted the frozen river seen through the snow-covered railings, which reminded him of the spears in Velázquez's 'Surrender of Breda', (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid).
oil on canvas
H 72.2 x W 122 cm
acquired through The Richard Harris Gift, 2002