Gertrude Jekyll

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

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Gertrude Jekyll

by William 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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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 Wood. The portrait was given by Lutyens.

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Current affairs

The Government of Ireland Act (Fourth Home Rule Bill) partitions Ireland into the Irish Free State with a devolved parliament in Dublin and Northern Ireland with a devolved parliament in Belfast.
The Communist Party of Great Britain is founded in London, uniting a number of independent socialist and Marxist parties into a single, united party.

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Queen Alexandra unveils a monument to Edith Cavell in St Martin's Place opposite the National Portrait Gallery. The English nurse was executed in Germany for helping hundreds of allied soldiers to cross the border from occupied Belgium to the neutral Netherlands.
George V officially opens the Imperial War Museum at the Crystal Palace.


The Kapp Putsch threatens the newly formed Weimar Republic. In defiance of the Treaty of Versailles, the leaders of the Marinebrigade Ehrhardt refused to disband and marched on Berlin, occupying it on the 13th March. With the general army refusing to defend the city, the government fled to Stuttgart. The rebellion, however, failed after the workers joined a general strike, disabling their plans.

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Annabel Watts

22 January 2017, 08:38

I am sorry to have to contact you again, but it would be more correct if you put ......'and painted at her house, Munstead Wood'. Please read my previous correction where I say 'Munstead' isnt sufficient. Check on the internet, MUNSTEAD WOOD, GJ's home.

Annabel Watts

15 January 2017, 07:36

Your citing of 'Munstead', isn't accurate. Her home was Munstead Wood where the portrait was painted, her mother's house was Munstead House. So 'Munstead' isn't sufficient. Munstead Wood is near Godalming, as in its address. This I know as I am head gardener at Munstead Wood!

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