Gertrude Jekyll

1 portrait of Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll, by Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson, 1920 - NPG 3334 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Gertrude Jekyll

by Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
oil on canvas, 1920
30 1/8 in. x 30 1/2 in. (765 mm x 775 mm)
Given by wish of Sir Edwin Lutyens, 1947
Primary Collection
NPG 3334

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  • Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), Horticulturalist and writer. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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As a young woman Gertrude Jekyll absorbed the principles of Arts and Crafts movement and worked as a painter, embroiderer and interior designer. She turned whole-heartedly to gardening and garden design after 1891 owing to her failing eyesight. Jekyll brought her artistic training, combined with deep knowledge as a plantswoman, to the three hundred or more gardens she designed and her writings further made her a crucial influence on modern gardening. This portrait, for which Jekyll was a most reluctant sitter, was commissioned by her great friend and collaborator, Sir Edwin Lutyens} and painted at her house in Munstead. Given by Edwin Lutyens.

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