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The Butter Cross, Ludlow

The Butter Cross, Ludlow

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire, UK

Subject: Streetscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1910s

Signature: A Knighton Hammond

Dimensions: 27 cm x 37 cm

This watercolour of Ludlow features the corner of the Butter Cross looking toward the top of Broad Street. Knighton-Hammond painted and etched a number of views in and around Broad Street in this historic Shropshire town when he visited in 1919. The architecture is well depicted in a free manner not slavishly representing detail. The freedom and confidence of the brushwork would have come from the time the artist studied under Adolphe Valette at Manchester Municipal School of Art in the years before the Great War. The beauty of Ludlow, and Broad Street in particular, is the varying periods of history and architecture. The artist confidently handles timber frame, masonry and brick structures achieving remarkable naturalism. Executed on the spot, the composition possesses great freshness and immediacy.

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