This work was painted at the GardinerÂ’s home in Gloucestershire and is a good example of the artist's depiction of a night-time scene, showing the light, reflections and shadows cast by the gas lamp and fire as his wife reads.

Its quiet domestic atmosphere links to the lives and values of the Arts & Crafts Movement for which CheltenhamÂ’s collection has Designated Status. Gardiner worked at the Cheltenham School of Art teaching drawing and painting from 1927 until his death.


Family of Gerald Gardiner; private collections in Dorset, Gloucestershire, East Yorkshire and North Yorkshire; Liss Fine Art.


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