Pencil, pen and ink 1937
In 1937 Dunbar was commissioned to design 1938 Gardener’s Diary, a satellite production of the magazine Country Life. She created personifications of each month, in this case June. Concurrent with her work on the diary was Gardeners’ Choice (1937), a guide to some 40 mostly unusual garden flowers, a book she wrote and illustrated in collaboration with Charles Mahoney: the flower study on this sheet was intended for Gardeners’ Choice.
We are grateful to Christopher Campbell-Howes, author of Evelyn Dunbar: A Life in Painting, Romarin, 2016