For forty years Somerset was Tristram Hillier’s home and an inspiration for his painting

This section features six paintings produced in Somerset between 1943-62 – click through the gallery below to explore

When Hillier returned to England in 1940 he enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. But he found military service lonely and claustrophobic. After suffering a breakdown he was finally discharged in 1944.

The Hilliers moved to Somerset, later settling at Yew Tree House in East Pennard. It was there in 1950 that Leda gave birth to a second daughter, Anna-Clare.

Hillier did not fully embrace English country life and continued to suffer periods of deep depression. As he grew older his Catholic faith became increasingly important to him.