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Rooftops, Highgate

Viewed from higher up the hill, this winter townscape shows the back of the houses on the next street down, and beyond that a London cityscape with the three towers of the Barbican on the horizon. A view that is constantly changing – evidenced by the construction crane in the middle ground – but fascinating to the artist for the abstract shapes it presents. One of David’s early figurative oils, its low contrast puts it in the category of ‘urban impressionism’.


Completed 1976. Private collection.

Size: 46 x 42 cm
Medium: Oil on canvas