Charles Mahoney (1903-1968), Miss Edith inspects the Sweetpea, c.1934, Image courtesy of Liss Llewellyn
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Artist-Gardeners in the Interwar Years

This event has now been postponed from 24 March to 3 November 2020. All tickets purchased are valid for the new date, and ticket holders have been contacted.

This talk will journey through some of the most memorable images created by artists of the interwar years, and consider how the gardens they created (both real and imaginary) served as a source of inspiration and sanctuary in a period of upheaval.

“Make your fenced city as you will now…”

Starting with Charles Mahoney’s Festival of Britain painting The Garden, Paul Liss (co-founder of Liss Llewellyn) will explore works by Mahoney’s Royal College of Art contemporaries and associates: Evelyn Dunbar, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious & Tirzah Garwood, John Piper, Kenneth Rowntree, Alan Sorrell, Douglas Percy Bliss & Phllis Dodd,  John Nash and Robert Austin.

The talk will also explore these artists’ collaborations, including the creation of mural schemes, (Morley College and Brockley School), the publication of books, (Gardeners Choice,) and the creation of actual gardens (such as that at Brick House). The talk will chart the creation of some of the life-long partnerships, of both a romantic and professional nature, that such collaborations led to.

Paul Liss

  • Bio


    Paul Liss co-founded Liss Llewellyn with  Sacha Llewellyn in 1991. Exhibition organisers, publishers and Fine Art dealers Liss Llewelllyn specialise in the unsung heroines and heroes of British art from 1880 to 1980. For over 25 years LISS LLEWELLYN have worked in association with museums and cultural institutions in the United Kingdom and abroad to develop a series of in-depth exhibitions to encourage the reappraisal of some of the less well known figures of Twentieth Century British Art.

Image: Study for Emblems of the Virgin by Charles Mahoney, for Campion Hall. Image courtesy of Liss Llewellyn