Study for Chagford (a Moorland Scene), by John Brett (1831-1902). 1878. Oil on board, 7.5 x 14.5 inches. Inscribed and dated ā€œSep 2 1878.ā€ Provenance: Sir T.L. Devitt; Abbot and Holder 1970. Courtesy of the Maas Gallery. Click on the image to enlarge it.

In 1878 Brett and his family spent the summer and autumn near Torbay in Devon, but Brett painted fewer coastal scenes than usual; he wrote to the philanthropist and town planner Thomas Horsfall that most of his sketches that summer were done on Dartmoor, especially of the rugged landscape near the village of Chagford. ā€” Maas Gallery site.

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Payne, Christina. John Brett: Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter. London: Yale University Press, 2010; no. 840.

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