Study of an oversized cat, a gardener and a wheelbarrow
Passe-partout (ref: 4868)
Pen and ink, 7 1/2 x 8 1/8 in. (19 x 20.5 cm.)
Mahoney was a great enthusiast for plants and gardens - a passion he
shared with his wife, Dorothy Bishop, and from his time as a student
with his friends Edward Bawden, Geoffrey Rhoades,
John Nash and Evelyn Dunbar, the latter with whom he published
Gardener's Choice in 1937. The correspondence between this circle is
full of exchanges about the discovery, nurturing and drawing of new
potential subjects facilitated by sending to each other plant cuttings
sent by post.
Oak Cottage, in Wrotham Kent, where Dorothy and Charles lived after the war and for the rest of their lives, was a source of immense inspiration for both artists. Once the garden that they planted had matured Charles especially rarely went elsewhere for inspiration.