To reach the home of the artist Brian Rice, you need to pass through a tunnel of hazel, trained in an arc over the track. Already, you have bounded up and down over the hills of Dorset, through small villages and along narrow byways to this far south-western corner of the county. The tunnel is like a portal.

From a ridge with views obscured by hedges, you follow the snaking track gently down until you emerge, suddenly, in the middle of fields, to a full view of the valley below, and, among some trees on the other side, the village of Hewood. It was there that the painter Lucien Pissarro, ...


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