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Tintern with Vincent Lines Painting

Thomas Hennell (1903-1945)


Inscribed with title below mount

Pen and ink

9 x 13 ½ inches

H J Massingham, A Countryman's Journal, London: Chapman & Hall, 1939, Page 15;
Jessica Kilburn,
Thomas Hennell, The Land and the Mind, London: Pimpernel Press, 2021, Page 15

'Thomas Hennell, 1903-1945. Kent Artist, Painter of Rural Life; Circle of Ravilious and Bawden', Folkestone Art Trust, University Centre Folkestone, April 2012, No 27;
'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 169

Thomas Hennell first met Vincent Lines (1909-1968) in the late 1920s in the London studio of the artist and teacher, Archibald Standish Hartrick (1864-1950), who had once been the friend of both Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Hennell and Lines would themselves become close friends and frequently accompany each other on sketching expeditions. One of these took in Tintern, on the River Wye, which had been made famous by Romantic painters and poets, but also had a personal association for Hennell, his father having been rector there before his move to Ridley, Kent. In the present work, Hennell has given as much emphasis to a portrait of Lines, himself engaged in drawing or painting, as to a view of Tintern Abbey. It would be published in A Countryman’s Journal, the second of four books by the ruralist writer, Harold John Massingham (1888-1952), that Hennell illustrated. The book collected articles by Massingham that had first appeared in The Field magazine, including one on Tintern Abbey.

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