Asheham House, near Lewes, Sussex
Frederick James Porter (Auckland, New Zealand 1883 - Great Canfield, Essex 1944)
Art / Oil paintings
1912 - 1919
Oil on canvas
482 x 558 x 60 mm
Place of origin
LewesOrder this image
Monk's House, Rodmell, East Sussex (Accredited Museum)
On show at
Asham, or Asheham House as it was originally called and named thus in Virginia Woolf’s diaries, was in Beddingham, near Lewes in Sussex (demolished 1994). It was occupied by Virginia and Leonard Woolf for holidays and weekends, before their marriage and move to Monk’s House, between 1912 and 1919. Her sister, the artist Vanessa Bell, was nearby at Charleston with Duncan Grant. The Woolfs entertained their friends, intellectuals and artists, and held their wedding party there. It features in Virginia’s short story A Haunted House.
Oil painting on canvas, Asheham House, by Frederick James Porter (Auckland, New Zealand 1883 - Great Canfield 1944), 1912/19. Asheham House in front of a wood. New Zealand – born Porter had studied painting at Auckland, Melbourne, and the Académie Julien in Paris under J.-P. Laurens. Afterwards he worked mainly in France and England, teaching at the Central School, of Art, London between 1924 until his death in 1944. He exhibited with the London Group from 1916 and was a member of the London Artists' Association in 1925, with Roger Fry’s recommendation, and held a one-man exhibition with them at the Cooling Galleries in 1930.
Acquired by National Trust with Monk's House, 1980
Monk’s House, Rodmell, The Virginia & Leonard Woolf Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Frederick James Porter (Auckland, New Zealand 1883 - Great Canfield, Essex 1944), artist