I referred to Leonard in the Crittall entry (post before last). Leonard, a chartered surveyor, bought GC’s home, Hillside at Duton Hill, near Great Easton, Essex, in 1996. He became interested in Clausen and did research on his presence in the area, and also in Widdington.
The research led to two exhibitions: Clausen in Essex, held at Great Dunmow in September-October 2002, and Clausen’s Essex, held in May 2004 in the barn in Widdington which GC had painted. The first was accompanied by a short book, Clausen in Essex. Willoughby, the publisher and co-author, had published A History of Duton Hill with the Duton Hill Community Association in 2000.
Clausen lived in Widdington, near Newport, Essex, between 1891 and
1905, when he moved back to London. He acquired Hillside in 1917, and
used it as his country home until 1939. He made it over to his son Hugh
in 1931, the year of Our Blacksmith. Hugh sold it after the war.
Leonard started a Clausen Society in 2002, which publishes a newsletter. To subscribe, email Leonard here. It doesn’t yet have a website.
In 1940, to escape the blitz, Clausen joined the Derricks at Cold Ash, near Newbury, Berkshire, where he died in November 1944. His first country home had been at Childwick Green, near St Albans, in Hertfordshire, between 1881 and 1885. From 1885 to 1891, he was at Cookham Dene, Berkshire. Cues for three more local exhibitions.
Leonard sold Hillside in 2003, but was forced to exchange contracts just after announcements about the expansion of Stansted Airport made it clear that most of Clausen’s Essex countryside would soon be destroyed. At his instigation some of Clausen’s pictures had been used in some of the Stop Stansted campaigning. He moved to Middleton in Suffolk, a few miles from Walberswick.