Portrait of a Black Gardener by Harold Gilman

This enigmatic image, originally entitled Portrait of a Negro Gardener, was painted by Gilman in 1905 and is an important cultural and historic artefact.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
131.5 x 77.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £135,254)
Acquired in:
2013
Vendor:
Christie's

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 Sickert’s 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.

Provenance

Peter Langan.

Venue details

Garden Museum Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, LONDON London SE1 7LB 020 7401 8865 www.gardenmuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

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