Jardin des Amoureux

Painting
1911 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Public pleasure gardens with raised balustrade to back surrounded by lights and lanterns in the trees; in foreground, couples dressed in approximation of the fashions of 1830. In a spotlight in the foreground, left of centre, stand a couple, she with dress held out in the left hand, right hand on hip, and to left of them on the ground a girl in a wide brimmed bonnet with man leaning over her. To right of centre, a Master of Ceremonies greets two girls. Signed lower right hand corner: ALLINSON.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
'Jardin des Amoureux' from the ballet '1830', Alhambra Theatre, 1911, by Adrian Allinson. Oil on canvas.
Physical Description
Public pleasure gardens with raised balustrade to back surrounded by lights and lanterns in the trees; in foreground, couples dressed in approximation of the fashions of 1830. In a spotlight in the foreground, left of centre, stand a couple, she with dress held out in the left hand, right hand on hip, and to left of them on the ground a girl in a wide brimmed bonnet with man leaning over her. To right of centre, a Master of Ceremonies greets two girls. Signed lower right hand corner: ALLINSON.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1015mm
  • Width: 1270mm
Marks and Inscriptions
"ALLINSON" (Signature; Lower right hand corner; Handwriting; Oil colour)
Gallery Label
Scene from the ballet 1830 1911 1830 was one of the Alhambra Theatre’s celebrated ballets, performed as the main attraction after an evening of Variety entertainment which included singers, dancers, and comedians. The ballet is set in Paris in 1830 and takes place in a studio, an attic, a restaurant and, finally, the ‘Jardin des Amoureux’. The artist Adrian Allinson was a founding member of the Camden Town Group of painters. Choreographed by Emile Agoust and Elise Clec, 1911 Alhambra Theatre, London Oil on canvas By Adrian Allinson (1890-1959) Cyril W. Beaumont Bequest Museum no. S.71-1988 (17/12/2014)
Credit line
Cyril W Beaumont Bequest
Object history
The painting depicts scene 3, Jardin des Amoureux in the ballet 1830, choreographed by Emile Agoust and Elise Clerc to a scenario by Maurice Volney, which opened at the Alhambra Theatre on 23 October 1911. The moment shown is possible the last dance of the evening, with Misses Purzini and Annie Clarke with Messrs R. Vallis and Victor Andre in the Quadrille Eccentrique.

This was the first painting purchased by Cyril Beaumont, who admired Allinson's sense of colour. Beaumont describes the scene as 'Vauxhall Gardens', which may be an assumption, but the subject is certainly an evocation of the London pleasure gardens of the early 19th century.

The painting came to the Museum as part of the Cyril Beaumont Bequest.
Production
'1830' by Maurice Volny, Scene 3 'Jardin des Amoureux'
Place Depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Ashton, Geoffrey, Catalogue of Paintings at theTheatre Museum, London, edited by James Fowler, Victoria & Albert Museum in association with The Society for Theatre Research, London, 1992, cat. 66
  • Beaumont, Cyril, Bookseller at the Ballet, Memoirs 1891-1929, C. W. Beaumont, London, 1975, p146
Collection
Accession Number
S.71-1988

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record createdJuly 18, 2001
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