Inshaw painted a series of six farewell studies when he moved from Wiltshire to the Welsh Borders, chosing as his subject the mysterious Wiltshire landscape near Avebury.
Collection of six North Wiltshire landscapes by David Inshaw, 19901992
© the artist's estate. All Rights Reserved 2010 / Bridgeman Art Library
- Colour aquatint
- 39 x 29 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £450 ( Total: £1,800)
- Acquired in:
- David Inshaw
These vivid coloured aquatints are the first works that he produced in this technique. Those depicting the prehistoric monuments in the Avebury World Heritage Site point to the tradition of British Romanticism, of hallowed ancient monuments depicted in their landscape setting. Inshaw admired the work of Thomas Hardy and, like Hardy, is sensitive to the physical and spiritual idiosyncracies of the region's landscape, whether in association with human figures, with the dramatic prehistoric monuments of the area, or with its native wildlife. No aspect is wholly identifiable but the spirit of the place rings out.