Pevsner said with the exception of Ashton…the standard of [Devon rood-screen] painting is deplorable
The V&A’s Gothic Art in England states Devon rood-screen panels ..can at best be called crude or vigorous
Edward Long the figure drawing in Devon is generally speaking rather clumsy
I would have agreed but there is small glimmer of some of the most delicate brash work creating a fine Gothic foliage in the cushion the V&C sit on in the Ugborough Adoration.
It’s shown in detail below and comapred with the throne that piece’s V&C sit on.
The piece’s work shown below is crude with broad brush strokes lacking the subtly , flow and gentleness of the Ugborough’s floral work.
It could be argued that the piece was once as detailed and floral but when it was repainted in the 17th century the artist brushed over the detail.
But what troubles me if the Ugborough artist had seen the piece or in deed was one and same artist why do such wonderful detail work and leave the rest of the piece looking so ‘deplorable’, ‘crude’ and ‘clumsy’ ?