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The Altar Rock

Photo credit: Guernsey Museums and Galleries

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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.

Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery

St Peter Port




oil on canvas


H 68.3 x W 55.5 cm

Accession number

GUEMG : GMAG 2001.10

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Wilfred Carey Purchase Fund, 2001

Work type


Inscription description

John Brett 1885


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Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery

Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG Channel Islands

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