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This print is shows Clegyr Boia, the rocky outcrop west of St David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Sutherland visited the area each summer from 1934 to 1939. His pensive and atmospheric Welsh landscapes came to be seen as premonitions of war, expressive of the prevailing mood of anxiety and menace. Many critics identified him as a descendant of Blake; Graham Bell, for example, wrote:

Sutherland is the phoenix Blake, the burning mystic making a black sun in a brazen world... Sutherland has called up most powerfully a poetic apprehension of our time.

August 2004