- Oil paint on oak
- Support: 180 x 164 mm
- Presented anonymously in memory of Sir Terence Rattigan 1983
T03620 THE GARDEN TENT
Oil on oak panel 7 1/16 × 6 7/16 (180 × 164)
Inscribed on the back ‘T.C’ and ‘Bessy’
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: Elizabeth (‘Bessy’) Churchyard (1834–1913), the artist's daughter; ...; bt by the donor from the Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge 1967
Exh: Oils & Watercolours by Thomas Churchyard, Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge, December 1967 (6)
The scene is probably in the garden of Churchyard's house in Cumberland Street, Woodbridge and the figures in the tent may be two of his daughters. The oak panel on which the work is painted appears to have been taken from wall panelling or from a piece of furniture.
This painting is the subject of Kevin Crossley-Holland's poem ‘In “The Garden Tent”’, published in With a Poet's Eye, A Tate Gallery Anthology, ed. Pat Adams, Tate Gallery 1986, p.52 (repr. in col. p.53).
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986