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Pitchforth studied at Wakefield and Leeds Schools of Art before the First World War and at the Royal College of Art from 1920-5. He held his first solo show in 1928 and throughout his career his chosen subjects were landscapes, with particular attention given to weather conditions. 'Floods' is a good example of this interest in the British weather, and it was painted from notes made on the spot at Pulborough, Sussex, probably during the winter on 1935, although the artist was not absolutely sure about the date.

September 2004