N05328 MAES GWYN STACK YARD 1935
Inscr. ‘Albert Houthuesen 1935’ b.r.
Canvas, 36×48 (91·5×122).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1939.
Exh: N.E.A.C., October–November 1936 (127); R.A., 1939 (468).
The picture was painted out of doors at Maes Gwyn Farm, Llanara, near Holywell, North Wales, where the artist was staying. In a letter (23 March 1958) he recalls his impressions: ‘A wonderful landscape wherever one looked, and in the village lived colliers who worked at the Point of Air colliery, two or three miles away on the coast. Painting in the open or near a cottage I heard women singing beautifully, not snatches of song but complete melodies. I cannot tell you how much the character of the whole place and the people fascinated me.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I