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Written by Michael LeBlanc   
Welsh Landscape, 1936, 64 x 79 cm :: Collection of Margaret Bridgman
This is by far my favourite of Eric's landscapes: Welsh Landscape; painted in 1936. It resides in the collection of Margaret Bridgman. Margaret is Eric's niece; she's been one of the biggest supporters in the Eric Aldwinckle biography project.

Although it is my favourite, I'm a bit perplexed by this piece. There is no indication that he had left Canada before the war, so I am not convinced it actually represents the Welsh countryside. Although he lived in Wales from 1919 to 1923, I am not of the inclination to believe that Eric had painted this from memory, or from a photograph. Rather than question the date, I suggest that the picture is drawn from a location in Ontario, and he titled the painting “Welsh Landscape” because it triggered a childhood memory.


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…I was most interested in your observations on the School of Design visit and shocked into complete wonder. (class sizes of) 25 or 30 students amazes me. Of course it would not pay. It is the old story. Arts and particularly the progressive and experimental needs a financial foster father. The confusion as to the purpose of this particular school is amusing but forgivable…

-Eric Aldwinckle, letter to Franklin Carmichael on the design school launched in 1945