Keith Vaughan

Burning Fields, c1965, Oil

When Keith Vaughan bought a cottage at Toppesfield in 1964, it was largely surrounded by arable fields. Stubble burning was then generally practised because it was cheaper and easier than other removal methods and helped to combat pests and weeds.  As we see from this work of 1965 it was also intensely dramatic.  It was prohibited from 1993.