The Gate by South African artist, Maud Frances Eyston Sumner (1902-1985) was painted in 1948. The painting is of the gate of Ollersett Hall, a manor house in the New Mills area of Derbyshire in the United Kingdom. Short Biography: Sumner was born in Johannesburg and spent her formative years in her hometown. After matriculating in South Africa she went to Oxford to study Literature in 1922 where she obtained her master's degree. After that she studied painting at the Westminister School of Arts. In 1926 Sumner moved to Paris to study at the L'Académie de la Grande Chaumière in the Montparnasse district. She was highly influenced by Maurice Denis and George Desvallières. Her first solo exhibition was held at Galerie Druet in Paris in 1932. Sumner was diagnosed with a peculiar nerve disorder known as Guillaume Barré syndrome whilst in Paris in 1978. She opted to return to South Africa to continue her work as an artist and poet up until her death in 1985 at her home in Johannesburg.


  • Title: The Gate
  • Creator: Maud Sumner
  • Date Created: 1948
  • Location Created: France
  • Physical Dimensions: 270mm x 220mm
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: University of Pretoria Museums
  • Rights: Copyright University of Pretoria
  • Medium: Ink on Paper

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