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Roger Fry, 1866–1934

The Artist's Garden at Durbins, Guildford

ca. 1915
Oil on canvas
18 3/8 x 29 7/8 inches (46.7 x 75.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
artist | artist's | botany | bushes | flowers (plants) | garden | gardener | hills | landscape | science | trees | woman
Associated Places:
Durbins | England | Europe | Guildford | Surrey | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

In 1910, the influential art critic Roger Fry organized the first British exhibition of postimpressionist art at the Grafton Galleries in London. The same year, Fry designed and built his new house, Durbins, in which he aimed for the same abstraction to essentials in architecture that he saw as characteristic of the new way of painting. The main rooms of the house looked south across the garden to the Surrey countryside beyond. Fellow Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant mentioned sketching landscapes from these rooms. The garden was organized into orderly spaces divided by flower borders and hedges, softening the transition from indoor to outdoor space. The standing figure may be Fry’s sister Margery, who lived with him at Durbins during the First World War.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

A Room of Their Own - The Artists of Bloomsbury in American Collections (Block Museum of Art, 2010-01-15 - 2010-03-15) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

A Room of Their Own - The Artists of Bloomsbury in American Collections (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 2009-07-18 - 2009-10-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Bloomsbury Group (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-05-20 - 2000-09-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 94-95, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA) [YCBA]

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