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Encounter No. 1

© the artist's estate. Image credit: Jerwood Collection

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In 1947, as soon as wartime travel restrictions were lifted, Ayrton made his first visit to Italy where in his own words ‘he fell deeply under the spell of the early Renaissance. Masaccio and Piero della Francesca became supremely important’. This artwork is closely related to a group of works that Ayrton painted in the late 1940s, in which he depicted the docks around the Thames.

Jerwood Collection


Encounter No. 1




oil on board


H 20.5 x W 14.5 cm

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Signed and dated 'Michael Ayrton 47' (upper right)


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