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The Bull Hotel, Burford (circa 1916)

Norman Garstin

oil on wood

Tate, London, Liverpool and St Ives

The Bull Hotel, Burford (circa 1916)





Oil, Wood

Physical Object Description:

Inscribed ‘NORMAN GARSTIN’ bottom right


21 x 26.7 cm

Accession Number:



Bequeathed by Alethea Garstin through the Contemporary Art Society, 1980

Ownership history:

Alethea Garstin, (1894-1978), the artist's daughter; bequeathed by her to the Contemporary Art Society; presented to Tate, 1980


The Irish-born Garstin originally trained as an engineer and studied architecture. He took up painting after being a diamond dealer in South Africa in the 1870s. During the 1880s Garstin trained in fine art in Antwerp and in Paris. He settled in Newlyn, Cornwall in 1886 and became a member of the New English Art Club and the Newlyn School. This painting of the Bull Burford from Sheep Street was made during a visit Garstin made to Oxfordshire around 1916. The Bull has been an inn since 1536 and has had a brick front since the eighteenth century, the only one on Burford High Street. This picture was bequeathed by the artist’s daughter Althea Garston (1894-1978) to the Contemporary Art Society along with at least 40 other works by her father that were presented to public galleries throughout the UK and abroad.

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