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Brett was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites painting highly detailed landscapes on white ground. He was both praised and criticised by the art critic and theorist John Ruskin. Brett first visited Guernsey in the late summer and autumn of 1874 with his family, completing the now untraced seven-foot wide Spires and Steeples of the Channel Islands, his only exhibit at the Royal Academy the following year.
oil on canvas
H 68.3 x W 55.5 cm
GUEMG : GMAG 2001.10
purchased with the assistance of the Wilfred Carey Purchase Fund, 2001
John Brett 1885