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Garden Pond

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1922 (printed)
    1922 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paul Nash, born 1889 - died 1946 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    wood engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB, shelf 2H, box 36

Physical description

Wood engraving on paper of a pond with over hanging trees and foliage. In the top right corner of the image there is a small female figure.


1922 (printed)
1922 (published)


Paul Nash, born 1889 - died 1946 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

wood engraving on paper

Object history note

This print is plate four of seven by Paul Nash for the book Places, London: William Heinemann Ltd. 1922. 22p, ill. The book was published in two editions in December 1922. An initial edition of 50 was produced directly from the wood blocks and a further edition of 210 copies was reproduced from impressions of the wood blocks.

Descriptive line

'Garden Pond', book illustration by Paul Nash (1889-1946), 1922.

Labels and date

Display 'Into the Woods: Trees in Illustration'; Gallery 102; June 2017 to the end of January 2018

Paul Nash (1889-1946)

Plates (6) from 'Places', by Paul Nash, published by William Heinemann Ltd., London, 1922


Recovering from a severe nervous breakdown in 1921, Nash made seven wood-engravings for 'Places', a volume of his own prose poems. Each print is a 'visual equivalent' for the text, and depicts a location which had a significance for the artist. These sombre scenes are based on real landscapes, but the compositions emphasise the symbolic role of trees as guardians and as stand-ins for human figures.


Museum nos. E.1456 to E.1461-1922 [2017]


Printing ink; Paper (fiber product)


Wood-engraving (process)

Subjects depicted

Ponds; Reflections; Forests; Leaf (plant material); Figures (representations); Trees


Illustration; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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