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At the Slade School of Art John had developed a style based on the Old Masters, but later broke away from this and started to paint brilliantly-coloured landscapes. In 1911-2 he made a sequence of landscape studies of the Welsh hills, using small wood panels and painting in the open air next to his friend and fellow artist James Dickson Innes, It was evidently a liberating experience, and the works he produced demonstrated his admiration of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting.

August 2004