The High Weald has been the inspiration for several artists, each drawing on different facets of the area. Between 1810 and 1818 Joseph Mallord William Turner captured the soft folds of the High Weald landscape around Jack Fuller’s Rosehill estate, near Dallington. In the 1850s the painter F.D.Hardy ‘discovered’ Cranbrook and for a few years a small group of artists – the ‘Cranbrook’ Colony’ – used the town as the setting for meticulously studied paintings. At the same time William Holman Hunt, one of the leading Pre-Raphelits painters, worked occasionally at Winchelsea and Fairlight, capturing the colours of the coast.
Our artist interviews provide an insight into how the landscape inspires them and the techniques that they use to capture its special qualities.