Duncan Grant

Landscape, Sussex


Not on display

Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 457 × 762 mm
frame: 579 × 868 × 79 mm
Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith 1940

Display caption

This picture shows part of the pond and farm lands which lay just outside the front entrance of Charleston farmhouse, a house Grant shared with Vanessa Bell and her family from 1916 until his death in 1978. Charleston is situated near to Lewes, Sussex and at the foot of the South Downs. Both Grant and Bell had their own studios in the farmhouse and views of its exterior and interior were the subject of many of their paintings. They also lavished their decorative talents upon the walls, doors, furniture, textiles and ceramics within the farmhouse, all of which is still intact. The farmhouse and garden are open to the public.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

Inscr. ‘D. Grant 1920’ b.r.
Canvas, 18×30 (46×76).
Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith 1940.
Exh: Independent Gallery, June 1923 (14).
Repr: Fry, 1930, pl.17, as ‘The Pond, Sussex’.

The pond is near the artist's house in Sussex and figures in many of his pictures. A later painting of almost the same view is reproduced in W. G. Constable, Duncan Grant, 1927, pl.14, as ‘The Pond, 1926, Private Collection’, and was probably exhibited at the Leicester Galleries, May– June 1926 (23). Another picture of the same pond shows a woman sitting in the foreground beside a boat, repr. Burlington Magazine, LXII, May–June 1933, p.19, advert.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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