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Dunbar's parents lived at Strood near Rochester in Kent and this picture is a record of their garden. Between 1929 and 1933 the artist attended Rochester Art School, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London and remembered that this painting was begun before arriving in London as an art student and finished off around 1937. In that same year Dunbar wrote and illustrated the book 'Gardeners' Choice', along with the painter Charles Mahoney, who had been her teacher at the Royal College. Dunbar also executed murals at Brockley School, near Lewisham in the mid 1930s and was an Official War Artist during the Second World War.
This painting was chosen by Eleanor Bron.

September 2004