Two is Company and Three is None
Oil on canvas; signed, inscribed and titled verso.
25 x 30 inches
This Irish-born artist lived in Hadlow Down, East Sussex from 1922, with his wife who was also a painter. He exhibited this picture in 1924; the year after, he exhibited a similar painting with the three trees set against Offham Hill, to the north of Lewes. The trees in this painting, silhouetted against a dramatic evening sky, are eerily anthropomorphic. They seem to have different characters, and the two flanking trees, one dominant, the other independent, have a parental relationship with the smallest one.