An old farmhouse at Hambledon, Surrey

George Price Boycecirca 1876

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

With its uniform rows of cabbages and alternating bands of furrowed soil, this watercolour of a sequestered vegetable plot represents an antidote to the familiar chocolate box images of Victorian cottage gardens. The subject is Malthouse Farm in Hambleton, Surrey, which operated as a malthouse turning barley into malt for brewing beer. The original part of the farmhouse on the right features a malting flue chimney. The artist, George Price Boyce, trained as an architect and often depicted time-worn, vernacular buildings in loving detail. His close friendship with Dante Gabriel Rossetti gave him entrée to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, whose day-to-day activities he recorded in his diary.

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  • Title: An old farmhouse at Hambledon, Surrey
  • Creator: George Price Boyce
  • Date Created: circa 1876
  • Physical Dimensions: 33.5 x 50.6 cm image/sheet; 54.0 x 69.6 x 3.6 cm frame
  • Provenance: Private Collection, pre 24 Apr 2015, Wiltshire/England; Sarah Colegrave Fine Art, 24 Apr 2015, London/England, Purchased at Chippenham Auction Rooms Wiltshire 24/25 April 2015 lot 492.
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: European Art Collection Benefactors' Fund 2015
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/273.2015/
  • Medium: watercolour with gum highlights
  • Signature & Date: Signed l.r., "G P BOYCE". Signed on label on the backboard [in curator's file], pen and black ink "...G. P. Boyce...". Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England