This very evocative image of the late 1920s, Martin’s Hovel, is a good example of the influence of the somewhat mystical output of both William Blake and his devotee Edward Calvert. Tanner’s early career had similar evocative themes of the rural idyll and of the techniques of luminescence employed by Samuel Palmer.

Rural architecture and the work of fields are notably prominent, as are the large stooks of corn deliberately magnified in scale for the purpose of contextual emphasis. The prominent setting sun also quotes from Palmer.

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