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Hitchens was a member of the Seven & Five Society, a key group of modern-minded artists of the 1920s. Landscape and still-life were staples of British painting during that decade. Views of landscapes through windows were particularly common among Seven & Five members. Theirs was an idea of nature as viewed from a distance, ordered and calm, as if the landscape becomes a part of the still-life that often appears in the foreground. Such a desire for peaceful order might reflect the impact of the First World War of a few years earlier.

July 2007