Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Gladstone Bag and Gertrude Jekyll

Many very well-known Victorian artists, writers and craftworkers are renowned as much for their choice of luggage as for the remarkable, enduring works of art passed down for people like us to enjoy today.

Such as Gertrude Jekyll, for example, a well-known garden designer from the Arts and Crafts Movement, who lived at Munstead in Surrey from 1876, and was one of many eternally popular celebrities renowned for favouring the Gladstone bag over smaller, less durable bags and cases. 

Having been educated at the South Kensington School of Art, beginning in 1861, and apart from being a garden designer she was a talented artist and writer also, as well as a dab hand with a camera and embroidery needle.

Imagine the massive range of working implements Ms. Jekyll might carry in the course of a normal working day or on extensive trips abroad to paint flowers and study garden designs so different from those close to home.  Hence the reason she chose a Gladstone bag to carry the tools of her trade as one of the most respected gardens designers and multi-talented artists of the middle to later 1800s.

Gertrude died at her home at Munstead Wood in 1932 and visitors to Godalming Museum can see the Gladstone bag Gertrude used in her long and successful career.

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