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Carrington was part of a brilliant generation of graduates from the Slade School of Art, including Mark Gertler and David Bomberg. She was associated with the Bloomsbury Group and shared their unorthodox social attitudes. This painting is of a farm near Keswick in the Lake District where the newly-wed Carrington spent a summer holiday with her husband and their friends, including Gerald Brenan, with whom she developed a mutual attraction. It has been suggested that the two female figures, dwarfed by a fertile and undulating landscape, relate to the artist’s sense of being overwhelmed by her own womanhood.

September 2016