Mahoney’s composition brings to mind the work of his friend and RCA contemporary, Eric Ravilious. Particularly of Ravilious’ watercolour entitled ‘The Greenhouse: Cyclamen and Tomatoes’, 1935, from the collection of the Tate Gallery.
‘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)