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Charles Ashdown

© the estate of Leon Underwood / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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In 1921 Underwood, who had little formal training, set up his own art school. He encouraged his pupils to work fast, for the sake of capturing effects of volume and movement. This portrait, made during a summer visit to Ashurst, Kent in 1922, is a typical example of his working methods. With quick and lively brushstrokes it captures a sense of life on the farm in a close-up sensitive study of the young farmer.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 44.5 x W 34.2 cm

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Presented by Garth Underwood, the artist's son, 1996

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