Philip Wilson Steer
Bird-nesting, Ludlow 1898

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Philip Wilson Steer 1860–1942
Bird-nesting, Ludlow
Date 1898
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 571 x 927 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1937
Not on display

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In the late 1890s Steer moved on from his Impressionist style, in which he had painted sunlit views of children beside the sea. He began to paint landscapes in which he set out to display what he considered the most beautiful countryside of Britain. He was guided by Turner to the spectacular British castles, and from Constable learned the attraction of woods and windy hilltops. The foregrounds of Turner's oil paintings sometimes include children playing country games, as with these children stealing birds' eggs. Steer returned to Ludlow often, as a favourite place.

September 2004

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