Kate Tryon 1865-1952, was resident in the USA and a great follower of Richard Jefferies' writing, so thought she'd come and paint the land he wrote about, producing around 35 oil paintings, she took them back to the States when she returned there in 1912. They were donated to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery by her daughter in 1961, some have remained at Richard Jefferies Museum since then, and others have been in storage. Last week, they were brought together for the first time since then for restoration.
Apart from taking the paintings out of their frames, and sitting them on a strip of velvet, the backings have been examined and soaked to reveal layers of labels indicating different ideas in presenting the paintings. Below is an example of a painting with 5 labels on it.
I looked up Kate Tryon and found there's a book based on her writings and paintings available on the
Richard Jefferies museum website
Here's some of the information about the book:
Kate Tryon visited ‘Jefferies Land’ six times in the early 1900s. She was an ardent admirer of the nature writing of Richard Jefferies and followed his philosophy of life. Having re-read his works many times, she wanted to capture scenes on canvas that had inspired the author’s words set around Jefferies’ birthplace and home – a small dairy farm at Coate set in the foothills of the North Wessex Downs. Her first visit to north Wiltshire took place in 1910. She wrote: ‘The lark, the nightingale and Richard Jefferies – those are the three things that brought me to England.’ Her ‘adventures’ are told through the third person of Eleanor Hale of Boston, albeit that some of the events relate to Kate’s later visits to the area.'Adventures in the Vale of White Horse 'Jefferies Land' is a charming memoir – the writing is fluent, relaxed and often amusing. She knows her Jefferies thoroughly and her quotes and allusions are always apposite. As an American she takes a wry, oblique but deeply affectionate look at English rural society just before the outbreak of the First World War and dispenses much valuable information about the people and places she meets. The artist’s grand-daughter, Kate Schneider, visited Coate in September 1997. She donated her grandmother’s manuscript. Sheila Povey, who showed the American visitor around the Richard Jefferies Museum, has documented the memoir and added photographs and pictures that only enhance this delightful tale.
The memoir is published in a limited edition of 100 copies one hundred years after it was written. There are about 100 photographs and illustrations, mostly the work of Kate Tryon herself. 27 of her original oil-paintings are reproduced in colour.
I've now got a copy of the lovely book, mine is number 80, so presumably there are 19 left, better get moving if you'd like one!!