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In The Black Country, Bilston

Recurrent themes in Bayliss' paintings of the Black Country are figures struggling across a ravaged landscape with the grey bulk of blast furnaces and chimneys in the background and smoke filled skies. He was not interested in 'prettyfying' the landscape. He wanted to to present it in all its rawness. He usually worked by making drawings and sketches on the spot, which he finished back in his stud…