Hortus Inclusus by Joseph Southall

Hortus Inclusus means a private garden, typified here by the tall yew hedges in the background, and was a popular Renaissance theme.


Watercolour on vellum
40 x 74.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £166,500)
Acquired in:
Fine Art Society

This work is a portrait of Southall's future wife, Anna Elizabeth Baker with her cat. It suggests the atmosphere of an idealised resting place apart from the world.


Private collector, 1898; then by descent; Fine Art Society in the 1980s; Alan Fortunoff, New York; Fine Art Society, 2004.

Venue details

The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Clarence Street, Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 3JT 01242 237431 www.cheltenhamartgallery.org.uk/

Entry details

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