Art: Solid Citizen

Britons are proud of the well-ordered beauties of their countryside. In the grimy industrial town of Birkenhead (pop. 141,600) last week, a show of paintings by Native Son Philip Wilson Steer celebrated those beauties in a fashion strictly to English taste.

Impressionist Steer's England is a frankly scenic place with rolling hills, verdant valleys, billowing clouds. At their best, his canvases, like those of Turner and Constable, give new life to familiar prospects, his watercolors catch fleeting tricks of sunlight and shadow with a few decisive strokes.

Like a Cricketer. Steer's life was almost as untroubled as his landscapes. The son of a...

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