Mahoney’s first depiction of Adam and Eve appears to date to the beginning of his relationship with Evelyn Dunbar
in the mid 1930s; references to ‚ÄúCharlie and Eve‚Äù occur in their correspondence. The idea of the Garden of Eden
encapsulated the feelings of both about plants and nature, a passion nourished by frequent trips to Kew Gardens.
Mahoney delighted in depicting different points in the narrative (The Garden, The Temptation, The Expulsion) and
the subject remained a recurrent theme right through to his last decorative panel, The Muses, in which elements of his
vision of paradise gardens combine to form a remarkable panorama (see cat. no. 129).