Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dorset Country

Dorset Country.
It is not unusual for artists, writers and even poets to visit Dorset for their inspiration to complete their work, such as Sir John Betjeman and his poem "Dorset." Also Thomas Hardy who wrote the classics, "The Mayor of Casterbridge." and "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." Climb to the top of Melbury Beacon as seen above and you you out on the whole of "The Blackmore Vale." From this you can see what drew Gilbert Spencer here to paint, or to complete other paintings in this location.

A Cotswold Farmyard.
Here the preliminary work was carried out in that part of Oxfordshire to which he paid frequent visits. Then, as he was prone to doing, it would be put aside and completed in a different location. In this case, in Dorset, according to the records. Once again, one can see a touch of his Slade training in composition coming through.

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