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This scene painted by Gertrude Jekyll in 1865 illustrates a biblical text (2 Kings 9:20) which marks the beginning of Jehu’s bloody passage to kingship. Aged 18, Jekyll studied at Henry Cole’s South Kensington School of Art where she met influential figures of the day: Ruskin, Burne-Jones, Watts and Rossetti. Later an eminent eye-specialist advised Miss Jekyll to give up close work such as painting and embroidery, after which gardening became her main interest.
oil on canvas
H 71 x W 56 cm
purchased via Christie's in a private sale, 1992