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JEKYLL, Gertrude (1843-1932). Artist and garden designer.
Early notebook on colours with one section on gardening matters, ca 50 pages including five pages of watercolours of flags, in limp calf (worn). The manuscript is signed and dated 1861 on the flyleaf, but was probably used over a period of time, with the last entries evidently later.
The contents are divided into eight sections, for which an index is provided at the front:
'Permanent Colours. W. Linton'
'Objectionable Colours. Do.'
'Rejected Colours. Do.' [These three evidently culled from Ancient and Modern Colours, 1852, by the landscape painter William Linton (1791-1876)].
'Nautical Quadrille' [A light-hearted chapter divided into sections with French headings: Le Pantalon, L'Eté, La Poule, La Trevisse, La Pastorelle and La Finale.
'Colours of Yacht Clubs' [The four pages of flags].
'Recipes, to clean paint, to gild hat ribbons etc.'
'Soil for Carnations & Picotees.' [A mixture of loam, manure and coarse sand].
These last two sections, each of one page, are in Gertrude Jekyll's more mature later hand.
'In 1861 she enrolled with her friend and fellow student Susan Muir-Mackenzie at the National School of Art in South Kensington. She was taught anatomy by John Marshall, botanical drawing and ornament by Christopher Dresser, and colour harmony by Richard Redgrave. From 1865 her paintings, upon which John Ruskin commented favourably, were exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of Female Artists. [Michael Tooley in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography].

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