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Though Scottish-born and trained, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham has always been more closely associated with St.Ives, to which she first came to live and work in 1940. Her art, influenced initially by her contacts with Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson, has always tended to move between a poetic dream-like landscape abstraction and what has been nicely described as the 'disciplined elegance' of her tough, wiry drawings of (among other subjects) St.Ives and its surroundings. This is one such study, made in 1963, just after she had returned to live in St.Ives following ten years or so principally in Italy and London, and it shows her working with all her characteristic clarity of vision and freshness of feeling, light and colour subtly implied in the simple airiness of her precise line.