26 April – 26 May
In the Spring of 1941, a parachute bomb destroyed Wilfrid and Jane de Glehn’s Chelsea home. Having spent much of the War to date outside London, they decided not to return and instead moved permanently to Wiltshire. Their last home together, the Manor House at Stratford Tony, was surrounded by gardens bordered by The Ebble, a small trout stream that encouraged Wilfrid to take up angling. For the rest of the War and indeed, the last years until his death, he painted plein-air landscapes, like this sparkling study of fishing on the Avon, and portrait commissions, working from a small studio he built in the gardens.
oil on canvas 56 x 72 cms 217⁄8 x 281⁄8 ins Provenance: The Artist’s Studio Estate, Atelier no. 243. Fishing on the Avon