The Tree of Praise
Herbert Horne (1864-1916)
Oil on panel
16.7 x 20.3 cm (panel)
25 x 29 cm (inc.frame)
Signed and dated: CG monogram (for Century Guild), 1893 (on reverse, see right)
[…]; The Chippenham Auction Rooms, 19 November 2011, lot 363; private collection to present
Ian Fletcher, Rediscovering Herbert Horne, 1990, p. 166
This recently identified oil panel appears to be the only recorded work by Herbert Horne in this medium, although there is a hitherto unattributed painted clock face in the collection of the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow that, based on present work, can now be attributed to Horne.
Although unsigned, the attribution to Horne has been confirmed by the late Stuart Evans and Peter Cormack.
Our painting is recorded in ‘Horne’s Holograph List: Notebook at the Museo Horne’ published by Fletcher (op. cit.) as an Appendix. Under ‘Drawings’ there is a single work in oil, and it is surely the work offered here: ‘Oil. The tree of praise’.
Both Cormack and Evans have commented on the evident influence of William Blake on Horne’s The Tree of Praise.