Artist Tirzah Garwood-Ravilious: Vegetable Garden, circa 1933

Artist Tirzah Garwood-Ravilious (1908–1951): Vegetable Garden, circa 1933

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 Private collection

Tirzah Garwood-Ravilious (1908–1951):
Vegetable Garden, circa 1933
Framed (ref: 11032)
Needlework and wool embroidery 10.7 x 10.4 in. (27.2 x 26.5 cm)

See all works by Tirzah Garwood-Ravilious embroidery/needlework

Provenance: The Artists Family; private collection

Literature: Hornet & Wild Rose, The Art of Tirzah Garwood, by Anne Ullmann, The Fleece Press, 2020

This is one of only two surviving pieces of embroidery that Garwood produced; It shows a walled garden with beds of cabbages and marrows, and a young woman watering a row of runner beans; the hose circling the lawn snakes around her feet and sends out a fine spray of satin silk water.  The embroidery is reminiscent of the work once made by sailors on long sea voyages, and as such has a very English feel; as so often in her work, Tirzah demonstrates an innovative approach to a traditional craft.  Her use of modern imagery and unusual everyday subject matter, a fashionable artistic trend in the 1930's, now giving this needlework picture a very evocative flavour of the era.

We are indebted to Anne Ullman for her assistance.