Chanctonbury Ring by Clare Winsten

Oil on canvas
51 x 61 cm
Signed.
From the collection of the artist’s daughter Theodora Winsten

Chanctonbury Ring (pronounced Chanklebury) is a hill fort based ring of trees on Chanctonbury Hill on the South Downs in Sussex.

Clare Winsten (originally Clara Birnberg) was born in 1894. She studied at the Slade between 1910-12 where she was friends with Isaac Rosenberg and David Bomberg. She became the only female member of the Whitechapel Boys.

She married the artist and writer Stephen Weinstein and the couple later became friends with their neighbor GB Shaw. Apart from her illustrations for and portrait of Shaw and her portraits of Gandhi her work is now little known. Her earlier work especially that during and after her time at the Slade shows great promise but her talent and innovation seem to quickly dissipate. She died in 1989.

The Chanctonbury landscape appears to date from the 1920s or 1930s but little is known about the genesis of the work.

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