Trees and Undergrowth

Garden William Fraser (British, 1856-1921)1885

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

William Fraser Garden’s work was based on the rendering of minute detail with painstaking brushwork and handling of color. Here, he describes an insignificant corner of the Bedford landscape: a tangled thicket in which dry grasses and saplings commingle. Bare branches stretch across a bright blue sky, creating a pattern as intricate as a spider’s web. This may have been the drawing that Garden exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1885 with the title <em>Early Spring in the Woods</em>. A pale green haze in the grass, the azure sky, and scattered wildflowers suggest the promise of spring.

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  • Title: Trees and Undergrowth
  • Creator: Garden William Fraser (British, 1856-1921)
  • Date Created: 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 19 x 26.8 cm (7 1/2 x 10 9/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Christopher Wood, London), (Shepherd Gallery, New York, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1978.52
  • Medium: watercolor with gouache
  • Inscriptions: signed and dated, in brown watercolor, at lower right: 1885 / W.F. Garden
  • Fun Fact: Although William Fraser Garden received critical recognition for his watercolors early in his career, he lived and worked in relative obscurity and was plagued by financial troubles for most of his life.
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund
  • Collection: DR - British
  • Accession Number: 1978.52

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