Near Swanage, Dorset

Image credit: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

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This picture was probably painted in December 1916 while Gertler was staying at Peveril House, Swanage in Dorset, which was the holiday home of his friend, Francophile collector Montague Shearman. The scene has an impression of serenity, an aspect of life that Gertler, a pacifist, was endeavouring to seek during World War I. In a letter to Carrington he wrote, "From every window one gets a good enough view for painting… The sea surrounds the house on two sides. There is just a bit of garden and then cliff, below that is the open sea!"

Pallant House Gallery



Near Swanage, Dorset




oil on board


H 24 x W 36.2 cm

Accession number

CHCPH 0965

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Charles Kearley, through the National Art Collections Fund, 1989

Work type



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