Floral Picture

Lawrence Waterbury Johnston (Paris 1871 -1958)
National Trust Inventory Number 1144077

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1907 - 1947
Materials Oil on paper transferred to canvas
Measurements 1564 x 1150 mm
Place of origin
Collection Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire
On show at Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire, South West, National Trust

Major Lawrence Waterbury Johnston (1871–1958), an American horticulturalist, created the well-known formal gardens at Hidcote Manor from1907, giving Hidcote to the National Trust in 1947. Vita Sackville-West wrote that 'The combination of botanical knowledge and aesthetic taste is by no means axiomatic, but Major Johnston possessed it in the highest degree'.

His large bright, almost abstract, flowerpiece is rather more flamboyant and a contrast to the essentially green tones of his gardens. It depicts a whole variety of colourful flowers from lilies, poppies, pansies, irises, roses, hollyhocks, primulas to crocuses. It hung as a mural, directly painted onto the wall, at Kiftsgate Court, next door, which was owned by Heather Muir, a lifelong friend of Major Johnston. The painting was donated to the National Trust by Diany Binny, daughter of Heather, and mother of the present owner of Kiftsgate, in 1980.

Summary description

Oil painting on paper transferred to canvas, Floral Picture by Lawrence Waterbury Johnston (Paris 1871 -1958). Depicts an assortment of mixed flowers, lilies, poppies, pansies, irises, roses, hollyhocks, primulas, crocuses etc.


Formerly a mural hanging at Kiftsgate Court, since transferred to canvas and donated to the National Trust in 1980 by Mrs Diany Binny of Kiftsgate.

Makers and roles

Lawrence Waterbury Johnston (Paris 1871 -1958), horticulturist

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Place of origin
Materials Paper (129358)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12632)
Collection Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire (192)
Periods 20th century (181502)
Maker Lawrence Waterbury Johnston (Paris 1871 -1958) (4)
Object Type Floral picture (5)

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