Modern British Art by Kenneth Rowntree: Landscape with threshiing machine |





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Kenneth Rowntree:
Landscape with threshiing machine

Framed (ref: 4009)
Oil on board,

15 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (40 x 50.5 cm. )


Rowntree took great delight in finding quirky subjects within the landscape around him. It is possible that the animal-like outline of the object in the middleground is an mechanical threshing machine used during harvest time for the separation of grain from stalks and husks.

Rowntree designed his own frames, often using, for works on paper, a moulding favoured by Ravilious with a wooden slip. For  oil and acrylic  paintings  he favoured a tray-frame within which images would float over a  hessian ground.  In a letter to the Tate Gallery Conservation Department (dated 12 March 1985), the artist records that he designed and refinished the surface of his frames  many of which were made by Mr Davey, joiner and undertaker of Great Bardfield'. 'The painted slips', he added, 'are part of the original frame'.

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