This painting shows a view of Tissot's garden at 17 Grove End Road in St John's Wood, London, where he had an impressive villa set in a generous plot.

The section of the garden shown here would have been typical of the middle-class suburban villas of the time. It shows a gravel path bordered by lawn, with a long border of mature shrubs and trees to the left with a low edging plant. The path runs behind the house with its greenhouse, the painting thus providing an evocative view of a London garden and its relationship to the house. Privacy was of great importance in the garden design of Victorian villa gardens. The view is a departure for Tissot because it is uninhabited by figures and appears far more blank, melancholic and without the glamour of his usual garden depictions.


Sotheby's 2000; Agnews.

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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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