Artist Charles Mahoney: Studies of Helianthus Miss Mellish

Artist Charles Mahoney (1903-1968): Studies of Helianthus Miss Mellish

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Charles Mahoney (1903-1968):
Studies of Helianthus 'Miss Mellish'
Framed (ref: 9791)

Inscribed with colour notes

Pencil and watercolour

17.7 x 15.8 in. (45 x 40.2 cm)

See all works by Charles Mahoney pencil watercolour flowers Garden 1.Master Drawings Garden Museum

Provenance: The Artist's Studio

In addition to our natural pleasure in beautiful plants and our experience in raising and cultivating them, we have gained a close intimacy through drawing and painting them. We have observed them as artists as well as gardeners, and have necessarily been made aware not only of the garden value of a plant and the intrinsic beauty of its flower, but of proportions, forms and contrasts, of the subtle relations of the leaf to the bloom, or the plant to its neighbour. These observations have bred in us an animate point of view which is the inspiration of our experimental gardening and the basis of our writing.

(Charles Mahoney/Evelyn Dunbar, introduction to Gardener's Choice, 1936)

We are grateful to Daniel A. Simon for his assistance. 

Exhibited: Sanctuary, Artist-Gardeners, 1919-39, Garden Museum, London, 25th February – 5 April, 2020

Literature: Christopher Woodward, Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners, 1919–1939, published by Liss Llewellyn, 2020