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.


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 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.


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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Saturday: 10.30 – 16.00 
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