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John Nash (1893-1977):
Study of a Thorn Apple
Framed (ref: 7424)
Inscribed with measurements
7 x 7 in. sq. (17.8 x 17.8 cm)
Provenance: Acquired directly from The Artist's Estate
John Nash was a keen plantsman. a passion he shared which Charles Mahoney, Edward Bawden, Geoffrey Rhoades, and Evelyn Dunbar. This group regularly swapped cuttings with each other and cultivated their favoured plants in their gardens and recorded them in paintings and drawings. Illustrations were produced for books - Mahoney and Dunbar had published Gardeners' Choice in 1937. English Garden Flowers, for which this is likely to be a study, illustrated by Nash, was published by Duckworth, London, in 1948. The inclusion of the disproportionately-sized pitch fork is reminiscent of the garden tool motifs that Mahoney and Dunbar enjoyed adding to the more playful of their line illustrations.
A similar study of a Thorn Apple appears in Nash’s Poisonous Plants. We are grateful to Fiona Swapp for pointing this out.