E.H. Hussey, Kitchen Garden, Court Hayes House, Oxted -1896 watercolour painting


An original 1896 watercolour painting, E.H. Hussey Kitchen Garden, Court Hayes House, Oxted.

This charming late-Victorian English watercolour forms part of a collection of paintings that we have for sale, depicting views around Limpsfield, near Oxted in Surrey. The artist, Euphemia Hussey, was resident at Court Hayes, a substantial local house. The Hussey family funded the building of the nearby mission church at Hurst Green in 1895, now St Agatha's Hall.

Unsigned. Inscribed and dated verso.
In good condition for its age. The picture may have minor imperfections, such as slight marks, toning, foxing, creasing or pinholes, commensurate with age. Please see photos for detail.
12.6cm x 14.6cm.

The pictures in the collection as a whole give insight into the life and landscapes of a Surrey village at the end of the 19th century. They show the picturesque North Downs landscape and old rural buildings around the Oxted area - such as St Mary’s Church and Tenchley’s Manor - as well as the newly built mission church and Court Hayes itself, the artist’s home and a building which represents the growth of Oxted, and the newly popular Tudor revival style, with the arrival of the railway in 1884.

The paintings have an informal charm, focusing on views glimpsed through windows and doorways - from churchyard, dining room or kitchen garden. The walled kitchen garden at Court Hayes was possibly influenced by that at nearby Titsey Place, which was remodelled by Granville Leveson Gower in the 19th century and survives today as one of the best examples of Victorian horticultural techniques. Titsey Place manor house is also known for its fine art collection, which includes works by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Peter Lely and Canaletto.

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Product code: JL-973

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