An English Country House
Date Made/Found: circa 1938
, French, 1878 - 1952
Material and Medium: watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 605 x 512mm
Sight size: 404 x 278mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.872
This painting depicts Durnsford Mill House, Mildenhall, near Marlborough in Wiltshire. There was a mill in this situation from at least the 13th century, but the building in this work probably dates to the 18th century. This building is still standing today, but is no longer a working mill.
Ginner increasingly used pencil, ink and watercolour at this time to create his compositions rather than oil paint, perhaps owing to financial difficulties. An English Country House is typical of his highly detailed, almost jewel like watercolour style where every blade of grass, leaf and brick has been painted in meticulous detail.
Ginner was a key figure in the Camden Town Group who were interested in using subject matter clearly linked to daily life.