Thomas Woodward

Horses Surprised by Wolves

1842

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 733 x 1372 mm
frame: 1030 x 1660 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Art Fund 1943
Reference
N05426

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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