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Print - The Garden
  • The Garden
    Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980
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The Garden

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1931 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf EE, box 185B

As a student Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) took a special interest in etching, which he studied under Frederick Griggs, who was well known for his topographical illustrations in that medium. For much of his early professional life Sutherland depended on etching for a living, selling to the American as well as the British market. His prints were Neo-Romantic images of the British landscape, inspired by William Blake and Samuel Palmer. With the Wall Street Crash of 1929, however, this business came to an end, and Sutherland was forced to turn to commercial design and teaching. He continued to make prints, but the imagery shifted away from an innocent romanticism to something more edgy. In The Garden we are reminded of the moody, shadowed streetscapes of Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1976) and the eerie landscapes of Paul Nash (1889-1946).

Physical description

etching showing a tall rosebush, ferns at foot, in circular bed standing before a dark wall, opening onto a lit space on the left. Beyond and behind the wall a barn-like building, to the right of the rose tree, a bush; to the left, the edge of another building.


1931 (printed)


Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Graham Sutherland
Signature; pencil

Maker's identification; pencil


Height: 21.7 cm plate, Width: 15.4 cm plate, Height: 24.7 cm sheet, Width: 18 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'The Garden' by Graham Vivian Sutherland. Etching. British, 1931. Only state.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1963

Production Note

The Garden shows Sutherland's own garden at the White House, Farningham, Kent.


Printing ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Rose bush; Landscape; Garden



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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