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Watercolour - Marigold's: The China Closet, Knole
  • Marigold's: The China Closet, Knole
    Clacy, Ellen L.
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Marigold's: The China Closet, Knole

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clacy, Ellen L. (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 125, box B

Ellen L. Clacy (about 1853-1916) was an amateur artist. Amateurs rarely exhibited their work at public exhibitions, which is the reason why so little is now known about them or their works. The artistic achievements of amateurs could be very high, in some cases exceeding the talents of professional painters. Clacy did exhibit her work, in London at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Society of British Artists between 1870 and 1900, but little else is known about her. The setting for this watercolour is the famous china cabinet belonging to Lady Betty Germain at Knole, the great 15th-century country house in Kent, south-east England. Clacy echoes the blue of the china throughout the painting. Ellen Clacy's mother was the travel writer of the same name.

Physical description

The location of this interior is Knole in Kent, an ancient country house which inspired many Victorian artists. Oriental and Delft ceramics are displayed. A languid figure of a girl, dressed in blue, appears on the left examining a ceramic vase.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca. 1880 (painted)


Clacy, Ellen L. (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'E. Clacy'


Height: 46.9 cm, Width: 35 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour by Ellen Clacy, interior of a country house, with a woman at a window and a display of porcelain, watercolour, Great Britain, ca. 1880

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1990

Labels and date

Ellen Clacy active 1870-1916
Marigolds: Lady Betty Germain's China Closet, Knole
About 1880; signed

Knole is a grand country house in Kent and the china closet took its name from a frequent visitor in the 18th century. Blue and white china was much admired by followers of the Aesthetic Movement, who prized objects of simple beauty. Its colour is echoed in the dress of the lady at the left.

Watercolour on paper

Purchased 1990
Museum no. E.1908-1990 []


Paper; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Collection; Delft ware; Interior view


Drawings; Paintings; Interiors; Ceramics


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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