Gertrude Jekyll (b 1843, until at least 1907)

Gertrude Jekyll, well known as a landscape garden designer, was trained as an artist and produced at least one important oil painting.

She grew up in Surrey, studying art, and exhibiting once at the Royal Academy in 1865, the same year she painted her interesting Jehu Driving Furiously, a vigorous and arresting picture showing a horse-drawn chariot galloping full-pelt towards the viewer. This picture, exhibited at the Society of Female Artists, was noted by Ruskin, and is now to be seen at the Museum of Garden History in Lambeth. After a period in Berkshire from 1869, returned to Surrey in the mid-1870s where she became interested in the fast-vanishing village life of the area, photographing and forming her own collection of furniture and items of local interest. In the 1890s she began to work with the architect Edwin Lutyens, conceiving a series of gardens for the country houses he designed. She published a book on 'Old West Surrey' in 1904.

Gertrude Jekyll donated her collection of Surrey artefacts to the local museum in Guildford, where some items, not of particular Victorian art interest, are on show.

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