Thomas Woodward
Horses Surprised by Wolves 1842

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Thomas Woodward 1801–1852
Horses Surprised by Wolves
Date 1842
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 733 x 1372 mm
frame: 1030 x 1660 x 110 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund 1943
Not on display

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Tunnard moved to Cornwall in 1930 to run a hand block-printing silk business with his wife. From 1940-5 he served as a coastguard, at a time when the coast was heavily proscribed in the interests of national defence.

Like other paintings Tunnard made at this time, Reclamation conveys some sense of what it was to gaze out over the sea from a coast guard’s post on top of the cliffs. The abstract shapes, which are like events held in a static view, may also evoke the military technology of the  time.

September 2004

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