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October 27, 2012 01:00 AM EDT Hudson - Warren St.


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GEORGE SAMUEL ELGOOD (1851-1943): HIS OWN GARDEN AT KNOCKWOOD, KENT

GEORGE SAMUEL ELGOOD (1851-1943): HIS OWN GARDEN AT KNOCKWOOD, KENT

Watercolor on paper, signed and dated 1903 lower center. With label from Christopher Wood, London. 12 1/2 x 19 in. (sight), 21 x 27 1/2 in. (frame). Notes: The greatest master of the garden picture, is undoubtedly George Samuel Elgood. He was a professional watercolourist, a memeber of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, a painter of landscapes, Italian scenery and buildings, but it is as a garden painter that he will be remembered. He held no less than twelve one-man exhibitions at the Fine Art Society up to the First World War, and most of the works exhibited were of gardens. His output was greater than that of any other garden painter, except possibly Beatrice Parsons, and he was also an extremely knowledgeable gardener himself. He held very strong personal views about gardens and their design; he also shared many of Gertrude Jekyll's ideas about design and color, which made him the ideal illustrator for her books. Elgood's genius lay in his extraordinary knack of combining form and colour in gardens in a harmonious and natural way. His pictures never look forced or exaggerated, and are entirely believable as truthful views of the gardens as they were at that time. His work always shows a clear sense of design, reflecting his love of Italian gardens, and his architectural training." Literature: Penelope Hobhouse and Christopher Wood, Painted Gardens, English Watercolours 1850-1914, 1988, pp. 15-23, plate 7.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Hammer Price
$7,500
10/27/2012

 

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