View of the Garden at 17 Grove End Road by James Tissot

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.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
27 x 21 cm
Art Fund grant:
£9,500 ( Total: £21,000)
Acquired in:
2004
Vendor:
Agnew's

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.

Provenance

Sotheby's 2000; Agnews.

Venue details

The Geffrye Museum of the Home 136 Kingsland Road, LONDON London E2 8EA 020 7739 9893 www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

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