- Lawson: The Hop-Gardens of England (custom print), 1874
- Cecil Gordon Lawson
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- Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2012
The Hop-Gardens of England is a large canvas, painted during the summer and autumn of 1874 on location in Wrotham in Kent, where the artist used a barn as a studio. It shows a rolling landscape with rows of burgeoning hops dwarfing a pilgrim-like figure in the foreground. A plough sits on a hill in the foreground, while oast houses and other farm buildings are visible in the background.
The painting was widely reviewed in the press and noted for its strange, sensational qualities which seemed highly experimental for the period. Despite this, it has come to be regarded as Cecil Lawson’s best known work.
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