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I loved the song which Nature sung – London’s Epping Forest

January 8 - January 29


An exhibition of paintings by Alison Chaplin of the ever-changing landscape of Epping Forest. Alison is interested in capturing the fleeting shadows that play on the foliage and pattern the forest floor. The diversity of colours in the forest is constantly altering, and results in a variety of moods that poets capture in words and artists capture in paint.

The poet John Clare lived in Epping Forest from 1837 until 1841 and wrote many poems during his stay. Alison finds that she relates to the immersive quality of these works. We experience the forest directly through his eyes and Alison has the same ambition with her portrayal of the forest. The link between John Clare’s poetry and Alison’s paintings is celebrated by her use of short quotes to title her works.

Alison Chaplin’s work is in private collections in USA, Australia and Britain.

Please note, the Barbican Library Gallery opening hours are as follows. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30am-5.30pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am-7.30pm; Fridays, 9.30am-2pm; Saturdays, 9.30am-4pm.


The Barbican Library Gallery, Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
020 7638 8891


Alison Chaplin