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

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.

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, Greater London, E2 8EA
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Set in beautiful 18th century almshouses and gardens in Hoxton, East London, the Museum explores and reeveals the multiple meanings of home and home life through displays of rooms and gardens through time, stories from the collections, exhibitions and events. The Museum is closed until May 2020 for a major redevelopment. When it reopens, it will be the go-to place for ideas, inspiration and debate around the universal theme of home. Opening hours will be Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

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