Prior's Hall Barn, near Widdington, Essex
Pen, ink and wash
14½ x 10 inches
Collection of Hugh Clausen, son of the artist
The Fine Art Society, July 1973
In 1896, Clausen wrote to the Swedish painter Prince Eugen, who had visited him in Essex:
'You remember that old barn I took you into ... I have painted that - you said I should ... it has the effect of a church and some mysterious rite going on. The sunlight is all outside and the barn is lighted by reflection from the small sunlit yellow straw on the ground' (letter dated 24 June 1896, Waldemarsudde, Stockholm).
Prior’s Hall Barn near Widdington in Essex is the finest preserved 15th-century Medieval barn in England, with a breathtaking aisle and a crown post roof. From 1900 to 1903, all Clausen’s paintings at the Royal Academy featured this cathedral-like barn.