the potting garden


Charlotte has claimed this painting. She says:

“I have broken the rules of my own project and have claimed the very last painting for myself. The rules say that only one painting each from the collection is allowed, and now I have two. I have no excuses, I just love this painting and can’t bear to part with it.

The figure looks quite formal, and Stewart was not formal, though he had the manners of a man from an older generation to me. It’s not a self-portrait, but it reminds me of going to visit Stewart at his house. There was a small garden and a little glass conservatory before you got to the front door, not as grand as in the painting, but reminiscent of it. I remember Stewart opening the door to me, saying hello and inviting me in. I miss him and will never forget him.”

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