- Sir William Nicholson 1872–1949
- Oil paint on wood
- Support: 324 x 400 mm
frame: 595 x 673 x 57 mm
- Presented by Lady Emily Lutyens 1944
On loan to: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Paris, France)
N05548 MISS JEKYLL'S GARDENING BOOTS 1920
Inscr. ‘Nicholson 1920’ b.l. and ‘For E L ... W.N’ t.r.
Oil on plywood, 12 3/4×15 3/4 (32·5×40), including red painted border approximately 1/4 (0·75) wide.
Presented by Lady Emily Lutyens 1944.
Coll: Presented by the artist to Sir Edwin Lutyens 1920.
Exh: Beaux Arts Gallery, July 1927 (75); Nottingham, March–April 1933 (95); Beaux Arts Gallery, May–June 1933 (41); British Country Life through The Centuries, 39 Grosvenor Square, June 1937 (392, repr. Souvenir, p.43); National Gallery, January 1942 (35).
Lit: E. V. Lucas, ‘Miss Gertrude Jekyll’ in Country Life, LXXI, 1932, p.536, repr.; Steen, 1943, p.140; Browse, 1956, p.72.
Painted in 1920 to accompany the portrait of Miss Jekyll commissioned by Sir Edwin Lutyens and now in the National Portrait Gallery (repr. Steen, 1943, facing p.144; Nichols, 1948, pl.16). Miss Gertrude Jekyll, an enthusiastic horticulturist, died in 1932 at the age of eighty-nine; she used to wear this old pair of army boots for gardening. A pair of her boots and other relics are exhibited with her horticultural collection at the Guildford Museum.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II