This enigmatic image, originally entitled Portrait of a Negro Gardener, was painted by Gilman in 1905 and is an important cultural and historic artefact.
Portrait of a Black Gardener by Harold Gilman, 1905
© Garden Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 131.5 x 77.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £135,254)
- Acquired in:
It is also likely to be the earliest example in 20th-century British art of a person of sub-Saharan origin to be the sole subject of a full-length portrait. Gilman, a keen gardener himself, was a pupil at The Slade together with Spencer Gore, Wyndham Lewis, and was a founder member of Walter Sickerts Camden Town School. Although the sitter is thought to be a model, this unique acquisition will help the museum re-orientate its collection towards the diversity of a central London audience.