- Purchased by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1912, with the J T Peacock bequest; presented to the city, 1932
- Oil on canvas
- 1061 x 913mm
- c. 1905
Every year from 1901 the painter Henry Herbert La Thangue left his home in the Sussex countryside, shunning the English winter in pursuit of Mediterranean warmth and light. From 1904 to 1911 he made his base in coastal Liguria – the Italian Riviera – finding inspiration in the fishing villages perched on its steep hillsides; painting outdoors in its invigorating combination of sea and mountain air. In Italy, as in England, La Thangue was drawn to rural life and traditional, disappearing forms of labour; in Liguria, a region renowned for its fine, decorative bobbin lace, this included lacemaking. Influenced by French Impressionism and the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage, he La Thangue was a leader in bringing the ideals of French en plein air (‘in the open air’) painting to Britain. Making Ligurian Lace was first exhibited in London in 1907, and was one of twelve paintings sent from England for exhibition at the Canterbury Society of Arts in 1912.
(The Weight of Sunlight, 16 September 2017 - 16 September 2018)