The Tree of Praise

Ref: 1700
  • Artist

    Herbert Horne (1864-1916)

  • Detail

    Oil on panel

    16.7 x 20.3 cm (panel)

    25 x 29 cm (inc.frame)


  • Signed

    Signed and dated: CG monogram (for Century Guild), 1893 (on reverse, see right)

  • Provenance

    […]; The Chippenham Auction Rooms, 19 November 2011, lot 363; private collection to present

  • Literature

    Ian Fletcher, Rediscovering Herbert Horne, 1990, p. 166

  • Exhibited

    Within The Reach Of All: The Century Guild, William Morris Gallery, 18 May-31 August 2021

  • Notes

    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.