4th Oct, 2022 10:00

Modern and Contemporary Art

Lot 88


Mary Fedden RA (1915-2012)

Mary Fedden RA (1915-2012)
'The Garden'
signed and dated 'Fedden 1955' l.r., also signed and inscribed with title on artist's label verso, oil on canvas
61 x 50.5cm

Provenance: Purchased from the artist in late 1950s;
The Estate of Sir Jack and Lady Baer.

Viewed through a window, Fedden depicts two figures lunching in a richly coloured garden. This scene is likely the garden at Durham Wharf, the place that Fedden and her husband Julian Trevelyan, had called home since their marriage in 1951. Durham Wharf is located on Chiswick Mall and overlooks the Thames; it was a unique property with combined living and studio space.

Both keen gardeners, the couple invested great time into shaping their garden. They created a raised terrace, so that you could view the river more easily, and planted a wide range of herbs and flowers.

Painted in 1955, this work is a wonderful demonstration of her partnership with Trevelyan and clearly draws on his influence with its perspective, inclusion of figures and expressive, almost rough, brushwork. The abundant flowers are executed by Fedden with great flair, while our eye is also drawn to the lounging cat in the foreground and the small still life balanced on the bright blue table at the back.

In the 1960s, Trevelyan acquired the land next door and built another set of studios with living space, which he rented to artists such as Prunella Clough and Bernard Myers. This created an intimate artists' community. Both Trevelyan and Fedden lived at Durham Wharf for the rest of their lives.

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The Joy of a Lifetime: The Estate of Sir Jack and Lady Baer

Works of Art from the collection of Sir Jack and Lady Baer, featured in our 4 October Modern and Contemporary Art sale.

Sold for £26,000

Condition Report

Framed size: 72.5 x 63cm.

Canvas is unlined. Slight bulging from stretcher bars in corners, a little bit of yellowing to blue paint in lower left section, may benefit from a light clean, otherwise generally appears to be in good condition, under uv light no obvious signs of retouching or restoration.



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Auction: Modern and Contemporary Art, 4th Oct, 2022



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