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Down the Garden, oil on canvas. This painting depicts Gore's back garden at 2 Houghton Place, on the south side of Harrington Square. Spencer Gore painted this view of his back garden. Everyday subjects fascinated Gore. This typical London back garden is narrow and untidy, with chicken sheds, tools, and a discarded ladder. The bare plant beds and leafless tree suggest it is winter. Gore used vibrant colours to paint the urban scenes that surrounded him in Camden Town. His friend, journalist Ashley Gibson, later said: 'His artist's eyes saw a violet veil drawn of mornings over the chimney pots, Victorian facades, and grimy plane trees of Camden town, and thus he painted them.'
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