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Chirk Castle

STEER, Philip Wilson (1860 - 1942)

Chirk Castle

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 45.6 x 68.6 cm

Acquired: 1942; Gift; Lord Kenyon

Accession Number: NMW A 584

This view is of the fourteenth century fortress of Chirk, near Wrexham. It was painted whilst Steer was staying there in 1916, a guest of the artistic patron and Welsh scholar Lord Howard de Walden. Steer was passionately interested in the landscape painters of the nineteenth century, such as Turner and Constable. The bright, rapidly painted clouds of this stormy sunset recall their fascination with light and atmospheric effects.

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