Through the Archway, West Burton, 1919
In 1905-6 de Glehn wrote from Sussex,
What great calm sweeps when you mount the whalebone tops. You get to love the Downs as much as the sea and it does seem strange coming back to them after spending my childhood on them in Brighton when I hardly knew how beautiful they were!
A favourite retreat for the de Glehns from their earliest years together until the 1920s was the home of the internationally renowned pianist, Leonard Borwick (1868-1925). Cooke’s House at West Burton in Sussex was a Jacobean House tucked into the Sussex Downs and for Jane it epitomised everything that an English country home should be. Borwick was one of the musicians who played at the informal evening concerts hosted by the de Glehns or Sargent in Chelsea. Others who took part included Percy Grainger, Susie Metcalf Casals and members of the ‘Frankfurt Group’.
A Sussex Barn, 1907
Borwick gave the de Glehns permission to paint the house and its surroundings whenever they liked, and Wilfrid in particular fell in love with the great timber barns in the grounds, as silent and ancient as any cathedral. He also painted the haystacks in nearby fields in a manner recalling Monet or Clausen.