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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.