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Cambridge reflections

Peter Graham describes how a quintessential English scene inspired him to adopt an Impressionist approach with vivid colour and pointillist-style mark-making

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Kitchen Bridge, oil, 37×37in (95×95cm)

To see the landscape through the eyes of the poets Byron, Coleridge, Tennyson and Brooke, is a revelation. The painted word embodied by artists such as Rossetti, Waterhouse and Holman Hunt has left a beautiful symmetry of visual and audible richness for the world to connect with. The notion of the English idyll and Cambridge in particular has been, for me, an enduring focus – I lived and worked in this romantic place for ten years.

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