Thomas Churchyard

The Garden Tent

Artist
Thomas Churchyard 1798–1865
Medium
Oil paint on oak
Dimensions
Support: 180 x 164 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented anonymously in memory of Sir Terence Rattigan 1983
Reference
T03620

Not on display

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The scene is probably in the garden of Churchyard's house in Cumberland Street, Woodbridge; the figures in the tent may be two of his daughters, who were also amateur artists. The oak panel on which the work is painted appears to have been taken from wall panelling or from a piece of furniture; at other times Churchyard used cigar box lids. A small landscape by David Wilkie of a garden near Woodbridge is also shown in this room. Churchyard's friend Edward Fitzgerald, translator of the 'Rubaiyat', owned a similar landscape by Wilkie.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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).

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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