Two Figures in a Garden by Carel Weight

Carel Weight was a prolific painter of domestic and suburban scenes around his home in south-west London.


Oil on board
72.3 x 60.5cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,672 ( Total: £6,422)
Acquired in:

Two Figures in a Garden is one of a series of paintings depicting Weight’s home at 33 Spencer Road. Weight painted the garden repeatedly, from many viewpoints, for subjects ranging from supernatural visions to domestic tragedies. In a letter to the owner of his painting The Broken Trellis, Weight describes the garden’s influence on his art: ‘My garden, especially in winter, seems to offer infinite sources for pictures. All sorts of things have happened and a broken trellis is a rather mild event compared with other versions that include Ghosts, Murders, rapes and domestic dramas of all sorts.’ The Geffrye Museum specialises in middle-class London homes from 1600 onwards, and Two Figures in a Garden will join its growing collection of paintings showing 20th-century London gardens.


Leonie Jonleigh Studio, 1969; the vendor.

Venue details

The Geffrye Museum of the Home 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London London E2 8EA 020 7739 9893

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass

The museum is closed to the public for a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in winter 2019.
During closure, the restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.