The Lag Meadow Flooded after rain, Early Spring, Knepp

Oil on panel

30.5 x 43 cm

‘The drought of the Spring this year created the extremely hard clay that had been flooded by that morning’s heavy rain. I was able to stand without sinking and work away next to the wide stream, hovering in this wetland surrounded by reflections in the shallow grass. 

This kind of feature is a direct consequence of the work the Knepp estate has done to revert the rivers and streams that cross the land, back to their slow moving flood prone courses.

 ‘Lag‘ an old Sussex word for a pasture bordering a stream or river’