The calm before the race – oil on canvas by Peter Howell

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Description: It was not until my second viewing of this small oil on canvas that I started to appreciate its qualities to the full - I think it was the blend of Peter Howell's deft brush strokes and his choice of a vivid contemporary palette, that, for me, captured the calm of this pre-race scene so well. The subtle nod he gives to Degas in the style of its execution only adds to its appealing. Measurements (frame) - 34 cm x 39 cm (canvas) - 24 cm x 29 cm The equestrian artist Peter Howell was born in Caernarvon, North Wales in 1932 – from an early age, he spent his holidays working as a stable lad at the stables of the Hon. George Lambton at Newmarket. Initially, he pursued a career in racing before changing tack to focus more fully on his painting. His first exhibition in Newmarket in 1969 led to a series of one-man shows at Ackermanns and helped to establish his international reputation. He has subsequently exhibited in London, New York, and Saratoga. His work is highly regarded and much sought after.

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