Welsh Landscape with Two Women Knitting
The Maas Gallery, 1965 - National Museum of Wales
"Congratulations on the Maas Gallery's and Rupert's own 60th anniversaries. It is also a 60th anniversary for me, as I first stated to take a serious interest in the Pre-Raphaelites and Victorian art more generally while spending 1960-61 in London. I met Jeremy then while he was putting together his first exhibition (from which I was allowed to buy, in advance, a Ruskin drawing), while at the same time, unknown to me, he was becoming a new father. Dyce was one of my early discoveries, and I wrote my first article, published in the Burlington Magazine in 1963 about him. He remains one of my favorite artists and this Welsh Landscape is one of my favorite pictures by him, which I first saw too late for that article, but borrowed it for an exhibition and wrote about in 1968, not too weIl. So here is another attempt to do it justice.
Dyce painted -- or began -- this beautiful picture in 1850 on a six-week trip to Wales 'for a change of air,' away from the major undertaking of painting frescoes in the new Palace of Westminster that occupied him through the 1850s. It is one of a group of such pictures on millboard panels all the same size that he could carry with him on holidays. While the painting's painstaking detail and high degree of finish can be related to contemporary early Pre-Raphaelite landscapes, the self-effacing discipline and cool detachment are distinctly and unforgettably Dyce's own."
- Allen Staley, Author of The Pre-Raphaelite Landscape (2001) and the New Painting of the 1860s (2011)