James Ferrier Pryde (1866-1941)
The Deserted Garden
oil on canvas
41½ x 48½ in. (105.4 x 123.3 cm.)
Painted circa 1909.
Acquired from the artist by Annie, later 1st Viscountess Cowdray, July 1912 for £850, and by descent at Dunecht House, Aberdeenshire.
D. Hudson, James Pryde 1866-1941, London, 1949, pp. 61 and 93.
Exhibition catalogue, Rascals & Ruins: The Romantic Vision of James Pryde, London, The Fleming Collection, 2006, p. 74, no. 37, illustrated.
Brighton, Art Gallery, James Pryde: Memorial Exhibition, July - September 1949: this exhibition then travelled to London, Tate Gallery, September - October 1949.
London, Arts Council, Decade 1910-1920, 1965, no. 10.
London, The Fleming Collection, Rascals & Ruins: The Romantic Vision of James Pryde, September 2006, no. 37.

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Pryde rarely turned his hand to landscape painting, usually providing mere glimpses of the countryside through doorways and archways. However, he did paint several landscapes between 1903 and 1910 when he had periods of living outside London. During that period he also visited the Botanical Gardens in Oxford with Lady Ottoline Morrell. The landscape shown here is not an accurate depiction of nature but rather a powerfully evocative, theatrical, fairy-tale setting, which reveals the artist's vivid imagination (C. Powell, Rascals & Ruins: The Romantic Vision of James Pryde, London, 2006, p. 44).

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