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After the restrictions of Winter and lockdown, the choice of artwork for this exhibition is driven by the optimism of the arrival of Spring. The slow reduction of restrictions allows us to look forward to enjoying the changes that Spring brings, followed by the arrival of Summer.


The artwork reflects these changes with the soft greens of Spring, early flowers, and wide skies. This is followed by the warm days of Summer, brighter colours, the casual enjoyment of the warmth, meeting in groups and travel for holidays. Further lifting of restriction leads to the playing of sports and the warmer colours of the harvest season.


Our optimism is finally met with the return of crowds, large groups of people at concerts, fairs, and social events.

16 artworks

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The Lawn in Spring
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Lawn in Spring

The Lawn in Spring
F. W. Salvage (active 1974)
Oil on canvas
H 58.5 x W 40 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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Magnolia
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Magnolia

Magnolia
Harry Carleton Attwood (1907–1985)
Fresco
H 20 x W 19.5 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1983

Springtime in Mill Lane, Swindon, Wiltshire
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Springtime in Mill Lane, Swindon, Wiltshire

Springtime in Mill Lane, Swindon, Wiltshire 1983
A. L. Stephens
Oil on canvas
H 59.5 x W 90 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1965

Pastoral
© Tate Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Pastoral

Pastoral 1965
Cecil Collins (1908–1989)
Oil & tempera on board
H 75 x W 90.5 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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The Edge of Salisbury Plain
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The Edge of Salisbury Plain

The Edge of Salisbury Plain
Sidney Richard Nethercot (1878–1951)
Watercolour on paper
H 36.8 x W 48.3 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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Burderop Park, Wroughton, Wiltshire, Mrs Calley in the Garden
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Burderop Park, Wroughton, Wiltshire. Mrs Calley in the Garden

Burderop Park, Wroughton, Wiltshire, Mrs Calley in the Garden
Kate Allen Tryon (1865–1952)
Oil on canvas
H 22.6 x W 35.3 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1967

Sleeping Venus
© estate of George Warner Allen. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Sleeping Venus

Sleeping Venus 1967
George Warner Allen (1916–1988)
Oil & tempera on canvas
H 49.5 x W 59.5 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1923

Study for 'Bank Holiday in the Park'
© estate of John David Roberts. By courtesy of The William Roberts Society. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Study for 'Bank Holiday in the Park'

Study for 'Bank Holiday in the Park' 1923
William Patrick Roberts (1895–1980)
Charcoal on paper with green wash, squared up for transfer in red ink
H 25.4 x W 20.3 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1987

Nude in a Landscape IV
© the artist. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Nude in a Landscape IV

Nude in a Landscape IV 1987
Michael Cullimore (b.1936)
Watercolour on paper
H 30.5 x W 53.5 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1955

Landscape
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Landscape

Landscape 1956
Denis Wirth-Miller (1915–2010)
Oil on canvas
H 75.5 x W 90.5 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1895

Man and Scythe
Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Man and Scythe

Clausen has used sticks of graphite, a mineral which previously was used in pencils. Graphite creates a soft, metallic grey line of the paper. Clausen has pressed the graphite hard against the paper as he has observed this scene in life. While it is an unfinished sketch, it captures the immediacy of its subject and the artist’s activity. Modern pencils use a small amount of graphite mixed with clay, but graphite sticks can still be found, allowing modern artists to create similarly dramatic lines.

Man and Scythe 1897
George Clausen (1852–1944)
Graphite on paper
H 30.5 x W 19 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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Stubble Field near Rhossili Down
© the artist. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Stubble Field near Rhossili Down

Stubble Field near Rhossili Down
Nick Schlee (b.1931)
Oil on board
H 49 x W 59.6 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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Mevagissey, Cornwall
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Mevagissey, Cornwall

Mevagissey, Cornwall
Harold Dearden (1888–1962)
Oil on canvas
H 49.5 x W 60 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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Beach House West of Looe
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Beach House West of Looe

This work was acquired through the Heritage Lottery Funded Creative Wiltshire project and presented to Swindon in 2017.

It is part of Bent’s Landscape Geometry series, in which landscapes are abstracted into bold, repeating geometric patterns. The final works sit somewhere between abstraction and representation.

Beach House West of Looe 2000–2007
David Bent
Acrylic on canvas
H 120 x W 120 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1928

Tennis
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Tennis

Tennis 1928
Vicente do Rego Monteiro (1899–1970)
Oil on canvas
H 99 x W 80 cm
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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Fairground
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Fairground

Fairground
Zara Green (active 20th C)
Oil on canvas
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery