Sir William Nicholson
Miss Jekyll’s Gardening Boots 1920

Artwork details

Miss Jekyll’s Gardening Boots
Date 1920
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 324 x 400 mm
frame: 595 x 673 x 57 mm
Acquisition Presented by Lady Emily Lutyens 1944
Not on display

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Gertrude Jekyll was a well known garden designer, who often worked in collaboration with the architect Edwin Lutyens. In 1920 she was seventy-six, and quite difficult. It is said that Nicholson painted this picture of her boots while he was waiting the opportunity of a sitting, as she would only allow this in the late afternoon. However, Nicholson enjoyed finding the revelation of character in clothing. He had painted other pictures of shoes, and of a hat.

The painting is dedicated 'For E.L.', and was a gift to Lutyens. Nicholson's portrait of Miss Jekyll is at the National Portrait Gallery.

September 2004

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