Edgar Barclay was born in 1842 and studied art in Germany and Italy. He belonged to the group of English painters that became known as the Etruscans because of their preference for painting Italian landscapes. For several years he divided his time between London and Italy but returned to England in the 1880s and began painting rural scenes of Wessex, especially of Stonehenge. He exhibited extensively and was known for his skillful handling of light and big skies. He was an accomplished historian, writing and speaking particularly on Stonehenge including to the British Archaeological Association in 1893. He wrote Stonehenge and Its Earth-Works in1895.
This view of the approach to Stonehenge shows his accomplished painting of the sky which subtly focuses our attention on the distant monument. The figure adds a human context maybe reminding us of our first sight of Stonehenge. The artist cleverly plays with ideas of scale making the figure large and the monument small (in relation to the figure) although in our minds
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