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Painted in the open air, this captures the immediate sensations of the warm glow of late summer twilight. It is tempting to speculate whether Garstin had seen Monet's pictures of haystacks. Garstin came to painting late in life. He trained first as an engineer, then turned to architecture. In 1872 he went to prospect for diamonds in South Africa and helped set up the 'Cape Times', becoming its sub-editor. He received his artistic training in Antwerp and Paris. After travelling in Morocco and Italy he settled in Newlyn in 1886, joining the NEAC the following year. Garstin wrote many articles, for the 'Art Journal' and 'Studio'.

September 2004