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Lot 278

•JOHN NORTHCOTE NASH CBE RA (1893-1977) 'Llangennith Panorama'

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000
Hammer price: £18,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.
•JOHN NORTHCOTE NASH CBE RA (1893-1977) 'Llangennith Panorama' Landscape view on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales, with a farm to the foreground and the sea beyond, c. 1955, signed lower right, oil on canvas, 71cm x 91.5cm Provenance: Purchased by Thos. Agnew & Sons directly from the Artist on Monday 21st April, 1969 for £140. Subsequently sold by Agnew's on Tuesday 22nd April 1969, for £200. Private Collection, Dorset Following his first trip in 1939, John Nash was a frequent visitor to the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". Nash and his wife Christine worked together, with Christine exploring the landscape, finding suitable vistas for John to work on before returning to lead him to the appointed place. Nash would often make a sketch on the spot as the basis of a work he would later complete in his studio. On one of these early visits to Llangennith (Llangenydd), Nash executed the work 'Llangennith Burrows' (now in the Government Art Collection), a watercolour view looking toward the small tidal island of Burry Holms with the famous rolling sand dunes of Llangennith Burrows Beach to the foreground. Both Burry Holms and Llangennith Burrows are visible in the painting offered here. Long-time friend of Nash, Ronald Blythe, opined on the work in 2010: "Your John Nash Landscape is of the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, one of his favourite places. You can just glimpse the sea beyond the farm. It was probably painted 1950-1960. His great friend the artist Sir Cedric Morris came from Sketty on the Gower. John Nash painted all over Britain but was fond of Wales. He was faithful to agricultural buildings and to a 'working' countryside"

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