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The building in the distance is Llanthony Abbey, a twelfth-century Augustinian house in the Black Mountains in Wales.

Craxton was a great admirer of his older friend Graham Sutherland (whose work can be seen in Room 23). Both were among a group of artists in the 1930s and 1940s who drew inspiration from the landscapes of certain ‘visionary’ nineteenth-century artists, particularly William Blake and Samuel Palmer. This ‘Neo-Romantic’ movement was seen by some as a retreat into national tradition at a time of international crisis and war.

August 2004