Stonehenge – Restoration

1920

By George Maunoir Heywood Sumner

The painting is a simple, yet elegant watercolour. The composition seems to be very balanced, with the horizontal lines of the sky and the wide view of the site counteracts the vertical lines of the stones themselves. It conveys a sense of beauty, rather than the more usual rugged wildness often seen in paintings of the ruined monument.

Interestingly Sumner shows the outer circle of Aubrey Holes with stones set in them following the intepretation by Colonel William Hawley who was excavating the monument at the time.

The artwork of Heywood Sumner features in this behind the scenes tour on YouTube

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Of particular significance in the collection are the relics of the ancient guilds of Salisbury.

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