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The Slag Heap, Black Country

Cecil Arthur Hunt (1873-1965)


Signed and inscribed with title on reverse

Watercolour with bodycolour

9 ¾ x 13 inches

'Retrospective', Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours, May 1966, additional work unnumbered;
'Cecil Arthur Hunt VPRWS RBA', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October 1996, no 6;
'Recording Britain: The Twentieth Century Landscape', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, February 2008, no 80;
'Chris Beetles Summer Show 2024', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, June-September 2024, no 105

The industrial environment juxtaposed with the echoing undulations of the surrounding natural landscape was a relationship that appealed to Cecil Arthur Hunt. The drama, billowing smoke and the rigid additions of fence posts or industrial buildings enabled Hunt to fully utilise his renowned technique. Where, he scraped through an overlay of viscous gouache, often with the end of a paintbrush, to reveal the layers of watercolour beneath. Therefore, giving depth and defining the highlights and details.

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