6 May 2015


Underbank Farm, Woodlands, Ashdale Derbyshire 1940 was painted as part of Recording Britain: ‘intended to boost national morale by celebrating the country’s natural beauty and architectural heritage, but it was also a memorial to the war effort itself’ (V and A) and it’s become a very well-known painting. Yet although Rowntree was a superb artist he is  in general somewhat ‘neglected’ (the word is used on our website of ‘our’ writers), far less well-known than, say, Ravilious or Bawden whom in many ways he equals.