black and white conté crayon and watercolour on light green paper
19 x 23.5 cm
signed and dated ‘Craxton 44’ (lower right)
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Estuary of Old Boats, 1944
Private collection, Hastings
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Dreams and Nightmares, 22 May – 15 July 2012
The term Neo-Romantic encompassed artists whose work sought to escape from a world of anxiety into an insular landscape protected by history, myth and fantasy. John Craxton particularly objected to his work being labelled in this way, saying that one was either Romantic in spirit or not, and that it was impossible to be ‘Neo-Romantic’. Ultimately he was linked with most of the other so-called Neo-Romantics, including John Minton and Keith Vaughan.