Hortus Inclusus means a private garden, typified here by the tall yew hedges in the background, and was a popular Renaissance theme.
Hortus Inclusus by Joseph Southall, 1898
© Reproduced with permission of the Barrow family
- Watercolour on vellum Dimensions: 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.