26. New Forest Ponies
25.4 x 35.5cm. Daler Board with home-made frame
This painting, the result of one of his New Forest visits, has, on its reverse, in Ivor's own hand, New Forest Ponies/New Forest View, Hants. With an undifferentiated sky and generalised foreground, our attention is drawn to the horses, painted as if by a miniaturist, and to the group of farm buildings, with its house decorated with flowers, in the mid-distance. This unlikely abundance of flowers in front of a working farm makes this one of his first attempts at composing an ideal rather than actual landscape, in which people, animals and nature are able to flourish together.