T02400 THE GARDENS - WITH FOUR EAGLES 1972
Inscribed on reverse ‘COLIN SELF./THE GARDENS - WITH FOUR EAGLES.1972.’
Pencil on board, 7 3/8 × 13 3/4 (18.8 × 35.1)
Presented by the artist 1979
Exh: 11 englische Zeichner, Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, May–June 1973 and tour to Kunsthalle, Bremen, July–August (Self 18); Recente Britse Tekenkunst, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, September–October 1973 (Self 18)
The following notes, which have been approved by the artist, are based on several conversations with and dated letters from him during 1980–1.
The theme of gardens was prominent in Self's work and thoughts throughout the period 1966–73. T02398, a drawing of Waterloo Park, Norwich, made in May 1966, was his first drawing on the theme and T02400, dated 1972, almost the last. His very last gardens drawing (now stolen) was based on a drawing by a mental patient reproduced in Norman I. Mackenzie, Dreams & Dreaming, London 1965, p.143. Influential on the series as a whole was Josiah Conder, Landscape Gardening in Japan, Yokohama 1893…