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The Old Farm Garden
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The Old Farm Garden


Frederick Walker (1840 - 1875)

Height: 30.2 cm; Width: 40.6 cm;

Inscription, F. W
Label, Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. No 11651 Fine Art Publishers To H. M. King George V. London 43 Old Bond Street Picadilly. W.
Collector's mark
Label, 55. F.Walker. A.R.A. The old farm garden
Inscription, 4159 / 15 5/8 x 20 3/4 / 1" French //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Mrs Diana Mallinson, Hugh and Paul Gorton; gift; 3.4.2009

About this work
The combination of careful observation and poetic idealisation is characteristic of Walker’s narrative landscapes, which often focus on a solitary figure. Here an elegant woman, modelled by his sister Mary, calmly knits in a walled garden, unaware that a cat is poised to spring on her ball of wool. Her patterned dress, carefully chosen by Walker, is a distinctive feature of the painting. With its bright colour and close attention to detail, the watercolour was greatly admired by the influential critic John Ruskin, who considered the depiction of the flowers to be ‘worth all the Dutch flower-pieces in the world.’ (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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