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This shows one of a variety of houses in Somerset thought to be under threat of demolition in the 1960s. Paintings of them were commissioned by Arthur Batten-Pool of Rode Manor, which he bequeathed to the Victoria Art Gallery. During the post-Second World War period, many country houses were demolished. They were regarded as impractical to live in and difficult to heat and maintain. Batten-Pool was deeply concerned about this, and wanted a record to remain, even if the buildings themselves were lost.
oil on canvas
H 41 x W 51 cm
BATVG : P : 1980.31
gift from Captain A. H. Batten-Pooll