Garden Museum Journal no.33 | Gertrude Jekyll
In December 2015 the Garden Museum acquired a unique and important album of fifty-nine photographs by Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), a British garden designer who created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.
This edition of the Garden Museum Journal, published in 2016, explores what we can learn from Jekyll’s album of platinum prints, and how she used photography to explore, interpret, record and
scrutinise the landscape around her. The journal includes an essay by Garden Museum Curator Emma House and is illustrated with all fify-nine of Jekyll’s photos from the album.
Jekyll started photographing the gardens, cottages and footpaths close to her family home in Surrey in 1885. During her career she took over 2000 photographs, using them to explore and record landscapes and gardens. They aided her design philosophy and were published alongside her books and articles to illustrate visually the ideas discussed in her writing.
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