Not on display
- Frederick Walker 1840–1875
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1346 × 1683 mm
frame: 1685 × 2025 × 124 mm
- Bequeathed by Amy, Lady Tate 1920
Walker shows the crumbling gate of Halsway Court at Crowcombe in Somerset, where he stayed in 1868-9. Using local people as models, he added figures to give the picture a narrative content. However, Walker deliberately let the narrative remain ambiguous, to encourage viewers to construct their own story.
Walker firmly believed in painting directly from his subject, to create a detailed evocation of nature. In this picture, however, he deviated from his usual practice. It was made in his studio from a smaller study painted in the open air. Walker was unhappy with the original arrangement of the figures, and altered them for this version.
Gallery label, September 2004
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