Recent Landscape Paintings > Auden's Finger, First Quarter.
Auden's Finger, First Quarter.
2010, Oil on board. 1200
75 x 79 cm

Based on drawings and memories of the Northumberland landscape around Bolts Law above Blanchland which I visited a lot in the 1990s. The waxing moon falls behind Bolts Law hill. The crumbling Jeffrey's chimney is a prominent lead smelting flue and is one of two surviving chimneys on this moor, the other being a steam engine flue. W.H. Auden referred to this chimney as a finger,"The finger of all questions", pointing skyward in the still centre of his great poem 'New Years Letter 1940' in which his discovery of the lead mining landscapes of the North Pennines around Rookhope represent an awaking of his true poetic soul. Writing in his Manhattan apartment contemplating Europe tearing itself apart he remembers a place:"Whenever I begin to think About the human creature we Must nurse to sense and descency, An English area comes to mind,.."

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