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Jones’s early works, such as this, explore the territory between abstraction and representation. He often took the representational element from sources formerly considered inappropriate for high art. Here, for example, the source was a diagram Jones had drawn for a group of school children to explain the movement of the opposing armies at the battle of Hastings in 1066.

Jones has had a longstanding interest in military history and another source for the painting is a drawing he made of the siege of Gibraltar during a visit to a museum in Gibraltar.

July 2008