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Design for Gardener’s Choice, Tailpiece for ‘Flowering Onions’ ill. p21, 1936-37
Unmounted (ref: 6029)
Pen & ink over pencil on paper
5 x 6 ¼ in. (13 x 16 cm)
The gentleman with striped shirt, cuff-links and brogues (hardly suitable for gardening) is Mahoney, planting sedums (of which he was fond), and the lady is Evelyn, who is sporting a wedding ring in a little bit of wishful thinking: at the time Mahoney, much to Evelyn’s disappointment, was distancing himself from the partnership Evelyn so ardently wanted. Coronilla cappadocia is a vetch that flowers all through the summer – typical of the then unfashionable plants that Mahoney and Dunbar championed in their book Gardeners’ Choice, published 1937.