A & A art and architecture spacer courtauld institute of art spacer
quick search advanced search browse temp folder
Orchard, Woman seated in a Garden
enlarge image zoom image

Orchard, Woman seated in a Garden


Roger Eliot Fry (1866-1934)

Oil on canvas

Height: 42.2 cm ( frame ); Depth: 4 cm ( frame ); Width: 37.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 30.5 cm ( canvas ); Height: 35.6 cm ( canvas );

Signed, lower left & recto, Roger Fry

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Day, Christine; gift; 1958

About this work
This painting of a woman reading in a sunlit garden provides an idyllic image of the Bloomsbury Group at leisure. The identity of the woman remains uncertain. The writer Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell’s sister, has been suggested. More probably she is Ka Cox, whose portrait by Duncan Grant is also in the Courtauld Gallery’s collection. Grant wrote many years later: ‘I see no reasons why the figure in [Fry’s] picture should not be of her. - The pose & general proportions are like hers...’ The technique and the lively colours reflect Fry’s study of French Post-Impressionist painting. The work retains its original frame, presumably decorated by the artist. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
While we make every effort to ensure this information is correct, displays are subject to last-minute changes.

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

spacer spacer spacer spacer